Archive for May, 2017

2017 AEMTA Parade of Lights and EMS Hall of Fame

Words from the AEMTA Chaplain “Falling into the rut of ritual”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In our life we can fall into the rut of ritual.  We wake up at the same time and get ready for the day.   We might turn on the news and see what’s happening around the world.  Then we eat a bite and out the door to work.  Every day it’s the same old thing.  If you think about it, it can become mundane, just plain boring.   I have noticed that I have some rituals in my life.   Let’s look a typical Sunday at my house.   I get up, have breakfast, and contact my Son or Daughter-in-law to check to see if the grandsons are going with Papaw to church.  Breakfast and a cup of coffee, out the door to pick up the boys then Sunday school.  That is followed by rushing them to Kid’s Rock and then into the sanctuary for musical praise and preaching.  Then the big discussion comes after the final amen when we decide where we are going to eat lunch.  A big ritual!  It could be scripted but every time we do something over and over it can become a ritual.  We go through the motions without thinking about the consequences.   When I read Exodus Moses was given a whole list of rituals in the wilderness.  It was the Mosaic Law.  It was all laid out for the Jewish people.  All they needed to do was follow that ritual and God would bless.  In the Old Testament, person after person tried to follow the law but they could never measure up.  God had a plan to shake up this world.   Go back to the beginning when it was simple; God would have a relationship with each person.  In Genesis 3: 8 we readAnd they heard the voice of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day:  God was in the garden walking and looking for his creation Adam and Eve.  The cool of the evening I believe would be the end of the day when our work is done.  God would simply drop by for a visit to commune with his people.  He wants to be in a friend relationship with you.  In Revelation 3:20 God says 20 Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me. 

Not rituals just open the door of your life and let him in, just think about a relationship with God, that’s all he wants.  Stay safe!

 

 

 

Scotty Douglas “Doug” Deckard – EMT#10699

 

 

 

 

 

 

Scotty Douglas “Doug” Deckard, 51, of Quitman, passed away Sunday, April 30, 2017. Born July 27, 1965 in Heber Springs to Richard Lee and Marilyn Martin Deckard, Doug, as he is known by everyone, was a communications dealer for Hyteria Radio.
Doug made his life as a public servant. Beginning his fire service career in 1981 at age 16 and becoming an EMT in 1986, he had served as Chief for the Quitman Fire Department, Director of Quitman EMS, and was the Chief of Cove Creek-Pearson Fire Department for the last several years. Doug also served as Constable of his township and Director of the Cleburne County Sheriff’s Department Search and Rescue. Doug also served on many communications and fire committees and board. Whenever someone needed something, Doug was there. Doug was also a member of the Mount Pleasant United Methodist Church since 1975.
Doug is survived by his mother, Marilyn Deckard; uncle Dale and Charlotte Deckard and Harmon Deckard; and his Cove Creek-Pearson Fire Department family and a host of many friends and other family.
He is preceded in death by his father, Richard Lee Deckard; paternal grandparents Carl and Zelmer Deckard; maternal grandparents George and Pearl Martin.
Visitation will be Thursday, May 4, 2017 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Quitman. Funeral Services will be Friday, May 5, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Quitman with Brother Darriel Ezell and Pastor Paige Gustin officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Pleasant Cemetery.
Pall Bearers are Cove Creek Pearson Fire Department.