City sirens and how I pray

The wails of sirens from emergency response vehicles are very common where my wife and I live in Brooklyn, New York. Because of the frequency of their occurrence, these sirens are viewed by locals as just part of daily life. Sometimes they can reinforce the idea that living here is dangerous, risky, unstable, subject to chance, and prone to suffering—one can associate their sound with what appears to be an “in your face” problem of mortal existence.

We need not helplessly accept this mesmerizing presumption about life. Sirens can be viewed differently, as an alert for all of us to pray and know that God’s law of unchanging harmony is already present at the destinations of emergency vehicles. As we grow in our understanding of Life as God—infinite, harmonious, and indestructible—sometimes we are led to be of direct help.

The scene was reminiscent of a movie stunt.

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