“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.” -Plato
It has been said that everyone is either in the midst of the battle, just coming out of a battle, or about to enter the battle. As first responders we are keenly aware of this, as the tones sound, the alarms toll, the phone rings, we know we are about to enter the battle, often that of life and death. We risk all for people we have never met and will give all for those we love and stand beside in the battle. While we are in the midst of the battle we rely upon our training and for many of us, our faith. We encourage one another while in the battle, often times without a single word, and how often do we tell those who are in the midst of tragedy, their battle, that it will be OK, we won't leave you, we'll get you out of here? Then we find our self coming out of the battle, always changed by what we have endured even though we may not recognize it at the time.
“Even in laughter the heart may be in pain, and the end of joy may be grief.” (Proverbs 14:13 NASB) We laugh because we would cry otherwise, and that's OK, it's part of our coping mechanism but our grief is real none the less. Too often we try to fight this battle alone. Remember that the enemy is strong and powerful. Someone once said, “The strength of the wolf is the pack… and the strength of the pack is the wolf”. In the book of Hebrews we read “But encourage one another, day after day…in the same book we will read “Therefore encourage one another, and build up one another…” (Hebrews 5:11 NASB). We are never alone for He is with us but we can make a difference each and every day if we will encourage one another. May God bless you all.