[Written by my dad in 2007]
Advent - Day 10
Doing Our Duty
We heard last week about the tragic shootings at New Life Church in Colorado Springs. Jeanne Assam, a volunteer security guard at the church, moved toward the gunman while others ran away. Her heroic effort undoubtedly saved many lives. In one interview she stated that she was scared but God steadied her hands so that she could do her duty. Although we will never know their names, there were nine other people on the security team who also did their job.
It's a wonderful time of the year to read about the shepherds, angels, wise men and, of course, Jesus and his parents, who comprise the main characters of the Christmas story. No doubt we each have a favorite aspect of the drama.
Consider, for a moment, the shepherds who did not get to go into Bethlehem to see baby Jesus. Someone had to stay with the sheep. Not everyone could go running off in the middle of the night and abandon their source of income.
Take a moment and thank God for all the unseen people who enable you to enjoy Christmas with family and friends. People like the gas station convenience store clerk who allows us to buy the gas we need to travel. People, like police, firemen and medical personnel who are ready if we need them. Don't forget our military, who miss their families but serve willingly to protect our way of life.
Keep on doing your duty…God is keeping the records.
ECC.12:13 NLT … Here now is my final conclusion: Fear God and obey his commands, for this is everyone's duty.