Monday Ministerial Musings
By Rev. Mark William Ennis
Blog Number 15
April 13, 2020
Heroes in Hard Times
We are inundated with bad and scary news. During this month I will be doing blogs that celebrate heroes in our congregation. I hope that you gain some inspiration from these and receive a respite from the bad news that the media continues to feed us.
Have you ever saved a life? It is a good feeling. Some folks know this wonderful feeling while many people do not know this joy. One of our church members saved the lives of three different people. She did this not in a lifetime, but in less than a year!
The story begins last summer. Ruth is a frequent swimmer and member of a local pool. This particular pool has a depth of more than four feet in the center. She was standing in the center, enjoying the cool water when she heard a commotion behind her. A young boy had swim out too far and was now in water over his head. His older sister was trying to rescue him but she too was over her head in water.
Ruth looked toward the lifeguard whose attention was focused elsewhere. In desperation, looking at two children in trouble, she grabbed them both at once and pulled them as she walked toward shallow water. The frightened kids were grateful for her heroic actions.
So, what was the third rescue? Last week she was in the waiting room from a doctor. A man, whom she recognized as a local politician, started to exhibit bizarre behavior. Other patients were frightened, but she was not. She recognized diabetic behavior and quickly asked the man if he was a diabetic. He nodded his head. Quickly she gave him a snack from her always-available supply.
By the time an ambulance arrived, the man was greatly improved. The office staff thanked Ruth and assured her that she might well have saved the man from death. That was her third rescue in little more than six months. Well done, Ruth. You have done some remarkable acts. You do your congregation proud.
May we all imitate this behavior.
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