Friday, October 12, 2012

Last Day for John


 For the last three years, our oldest son, John, has been largely absent 
from all the family doings a good portion of the year.  
That is because he has been all over the West States fighting forest fires May to October. 

 As a wild-land firefighter, he is the hero of many. 
From Fort Collins, CO, to Billings, MT, to Boise, ID, 
and back here in North Idaho,
 he has spent many a hot exhausting day this year
 fighting the roaring flames that have threatened ranches and homes. 





But, although John has loved this seasonal work,
 relished the danger,
 the grit and determination the job demands, 
and the feeling of making a difference, 
today is his last day fire fighting.

As he moves on to a career in gunsmithing,
 his hero status will not change here at home. 
 For we recognize in him that which is harder
 than fighting raging forest fires with a 40 pound pack on your back in 100 degree weather.
  John has earned his valor by being one of the few young men 
who has stood for integrity and honor all his days,
 no matter his environment.

Now, I value firefighters,
 and I am ever so thankful for their service to our communities, 
but a man who walks steady even in the midst of great pressure, 
who holds his faith and convictions close to his heart when he is the only one,
that man is surely a true hero.

We see God's leading in John's life, 
God's protection many a time, 
and God's presence through the trials. 
 With great gratitude to the Lord for all these things, 
we thank Him also for giving us 
this man for a son.



2 comments:

Mrs.Rabe said...

We honor him for living in integrity and honoring the Lord. We don't know him, but we can use his story to inspire our young son.

Thank you for sharing his story.

Deanna

Kim said...


Julianne,

How you must have missed John during this time. As mothers, it's hard to see them grow up and move on into adulthood.....and yet a peaceful joy comes over us as well, when we see them walking the paths that God has for them.
I hope these years have shown him a world that is in much need of a relationship with God. John planted seeds and now God can make them grow.
We will be in prayer for John and your family during this time. May
God be with you and comfort each and may he bless John.
Thank you for your service.

Proverbs 2:6-8 For the LORD gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding; he stores up sound wisdom for the upright; he is a shield to those who walk in integrity, guarding the paths of justice and watching over the way of his saints.


Kim