In October 2019, tropical storm Imelda hit Texas hard. Cops came together to help a family of four stranded in their car as the flood rose. This video was caught on the bodycam of the Conroe police officers in the chain. One of the cops went under as she struggled to get to the car. When she came up, her flashlight illuminated the path for a little boy being passed to safety. Thankfully, all the victims were rescued. Police said the incident was just one of many rescues that first-responders made as the storm pounded the area.
Show the following video [1:09]:
Cops Form Human Chain to Rescue Family in Texas Flood
- When the family suddenly got trapped in their car stuck in the flood waters, how do you think they felt? (Answers will vary.)
The family was unaware they would need to be saved from near death that night, but they are thankful that when the need arose, the Conroe police officers were there to rescue them. The police officers risked their own lives in doing so. Some might call them heroes while others might call them saviors. A savior is someone who saves from danger; a hero is someone whose courage is honored.
- Were the police officers more heroes or saviors? Why? (Answers will vary.)
- From what other dangers do people need to be rescued? (Answers will vary but might include fires, accidents, being lost, negative thoughts, addictions, fears, abuse, etc.)
- Who are the people we count on to rescue or save us from harm? (Answers might include: parents, fire fighters, police officers, teachers, pastors, doctors, paramedics, etc.)
- When have you been rescued or helped out of a difficult situation? Who helped you? (Answers will vary.)
There are times when we realize our need to be rescued, but at other times, the need to be rescued isn’t as apparent. Sometimes we are in need of help, and we just don’t know it. Or maybe we don’t want to admit the need. It might even be that it’s not a 911-type of rescue, and we don’t know who to turn to for help.
As Christmas approaches, we are reminded that many years ago Jesus, the Son of God, was sent to earth, born as a baby. He was sent with a specific purpose. Let’s see how that purpose relates to us, and our need for a rescue.