Barbara's eMo on December 15th, "Third Advent a Little Late" drew a response particularly from two readers -Diane L. Powell and Deb Zedalis - and these are their comments:
"I adore your eMos, but cannot help but want you to mention as well all of our men and women who serve in the military - who never, yes never, really have any time off. We adore our nurses and other civil servants, but they are surely not as "at risk" to the same extent as our folks in uniform." Diane L. Powell
"Dear Ms. Crafton: THANKS, always, for your wonderful almost daily emails. As I work for the Army, on behalf of all of our MOST wonderful Soldiers, Marines, Airmen, Sailors, and Coast Guard.I would like to add them to the list you noted. And, as we keep them in our prayers, please keep their families in your prayers also. These wonderful people who defend our freedom and their families sacrifice so much and it is heart rending at holidays like Christmas." Deb Zedalis
I wholeheartedly agree with you, Diane and Deb - prayers for those in the military are certainly in order always, especially during poignant holiday times and they top the chart.
Barbara suggested I make a listing of those who must work while the rest of us 'celebrate' Christmas. I've modified one of the prayers used during Compline below. Fill in the blank with one or more of the suggested occupations below or add your own. May your
Christmas be blessed, whether you work or play, rest or pray!
O God, who sent your beloved Son into the world and life we live: Watch over those, both night and day, who work while others take their rest, especially _______________________. Grant that we may never forget that our common life depends on each others toil; through Jesus Christ, our Light and our Lord. Amen.
To those who work while we sleep ____________________________
Nurses mentioned by Barbara]
Interns, Home health care aides
Long haul truckers
Road crews, including the ones working the snowplows!
Pilots, flight attendants
Subway and train conductors
Search and Rescue crews
Seamen and mariners
Night shift stocking crews
Veterinarians, vet techs
Convenience store employees
Chefs, short order cooks, wait staff
Gas station and truck stop workers
Toll collectors (there are still some out there!)
Emergency Utility crews
Correctional Facility workers
Air traffic controllers
Emergency Squad crews
911 and crisis hotline operators
Homeless shelter workers
Soup kitchen volunteers
News gathering folk, journalists
MAY GOD BLESS US, EVERY