We are fortunate to have a large group of local ministers and clergy who begin each of our formal Fremont County Council of Commissioners meetings with a brief prayer.
I was particularly touched by Tom Kilgore’s Tuesday prayer from Connect Church.
He began by praying, “Thank you for the indomitable spirit of the citizens of Fremont County as we close one year and look forward to another. Success surrounds us and is also on the horizon.
The New Year is a great time to think about what this means and how it reflects on all of us. Because the people in our shared community are truly amazing.
We come together in a crisis. Rather than obediently turning in on ourselves and choosing grief, we courageously look outside of ourselves to offer all the help we can. We move forward. We like each other.
Fremont County citizens unite in crisis. We have had more than our share of disasters in recent years; floods, fires, extreme drought, blizzards, etc. I used to joke that all we needed was a good plague to check all the bible boxes for disasters, but almost two years ago we were struck by this particular love at first sight as well. .
I hadn’t realized how close I was to invite disaster. It wasn’t funny, and I’ll never say it again.
But the COVID-19 crisis opened my eyes to how invincible and steadfast we are as a community. Together we have this.
Throughout the recent health crisis, I have seen people stepping up to help others in ways I never imagined. We support each other in any way we can.
We eat out more to keep our local restaurants open, even placing take out orders when we couldn’t dine there.
We shop locally to keep our stores afloat, finding gems we never imagined being hidden here in our own backyard.
We find ourselves doing groceries to deliver to our more fragile neighbors who are afraid to venture out on their own.
We are creating new social media sites dedicated to helping each other in difficult times.
But the point is, our minds far exceed our response to the pandemic.
This strength of character does not stop! In every hurtful, sad or negative situation, someone is there to lend a hand.
More recently, the high winds that swept across Colorado did not shake the spirit of Fremont County. Neighbors chased garbage cans and trampolines in the street; strangers offered to repair fences that had been knocked down to contain pets and livestock; others offered a cold room or food preparation in the event of a power failure.
As Mr. Rogers said, scary things are happening. He said when he was a child, his mother said to him, “Seek helpers. You will always find people who help you.
It is Fremont County in a nutshell. And that’s just one of the reasons I love my home community so much.
To all of you, helpers, thank you. Thank you for your indomitable spirit, your optimistic attitude, your eagerness to help. You don’t go unnoticed or unappreciated.
You make us all proud.
Debbie Bell is the Fremont County Commissioner for District 2.