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Wednesday, December 29, 2010 • Posted December 29, 2010

In tribute to those who serve:

The silence of the night is shattered by sirens.

The wail disturbs the slumber of many:

Of a mother whose infant finally fell asleep an hour ago

- and who is once again awake;

Of a student who has fallen asleep atop their books...

It serves as background noise for many others:

To a priest who kneels at the bedside of a dying parishioner;

To the booking officer putting someone in the drunk tank;

To the battered individual with a hastily packed duffel bag

and a sleepy toddler, checking in at the shelter.

Not even the most sacred night is immune.

Sirens in the night mean there is trouble

- and help is on the way.

Thanks to those who answer the call to serve.

May those whose sleep is disturbed, find rest.

JoAnn Dalgard

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