Chaplain’s Corner

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!

 The Christmas weeds

At this time of year we are all in a hurry, to get to parties, family gatherings or shopping for that perfect gift.  As EMS professionals, we are almost always in a hurry to get to the emergency, to eat our meal before the next call or finish our reports.  Things haven’t really changed much. When Jesus came the first time, everyone was in a hurry.  They were ordered by the Roman government to report to the town of their heritage for a census and pay their taxes.  The order had a date for them to be counted and pay.   I can just imagine that little town of Bethlehem packed with the descendants of King David.  I am sure when they arrived they were looking for this uncle or that aunt, searching for loved ones that they had not seen in years.   Gathering to discuss the census, purchasing food and securing lodging would have been high on the list of activities for these weary travelers.  It might have looked like a Black Friday of today!  Into this confusion came a young couple, not high on the social ladder, with a pregnant unwed woman.  Away from the resources that they needed, and no room, they settled for shelter in a stable.  Did the crowds notice?  I don’t think so, they were in the weeds.  Like the weeds that I have growing in my garden that blocks the beauty of the flowers, this crowd could not see the beauty in Jesus’ birth.  These weeds block our view of the people around us who are away from the resources they need for a good life.  Go to any store, watch the people and you can tell the ones hurting and rushing.  You can tell the ones who need your smile to brighten their day.  These people need what EMS provides every day, help for the hurting.  During this Christmas Season, get out of the weeds, look for the hurting and see the beauty that is around us.

God Bless and as always stay safe.

KC  

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Have you ever been in a situation when your EMS radio could not reach dispatch or your cell phone has no service? You feel kind of disconnected, vulnerable, and all alone. You are cut off from your medical director, from backup and other means of support. You are as alone as if you are on a deserted island cut off from everyone. When you are out of touch fear can start building up and you start seeing trouble everywhere. The patient will appears to be in a worse condition, the ambulance motor will start to act up, and your confidence in your care will start to waver. You are truly in distress! I have been there when I felt as if I was all alone, on my own, facing my troubles and short comings. The good news is you are truly never alone. The Psalmist described it best we have a God that hears us in the middle of our trouble. Psalm 18:6 In my distress I called to the Lord; I cried to my God for help. From his temple he heard my voice; my cry came before him, into his ears.

Stay safe and be blessed!

K C Jones, NRP, NCEE
429 Skyline Dr
Harrison, AR 72601
870-688-3595

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KC PIC

As health care professionals, we see bodies that are old and worn out, broken by trauma, or the senseless actions of others. These can stay with us, lingering, hidden in our mind until a sight, a smell or something causes the feelings to flood back. These calls touch us in ways we don’t see until later and that is ok! We are taught not let these emotions restrict our actions on the scene or while we care for our patients, but when the call is over we need to take time to decompress, unwind, and relax. We need to find a confidant, someone with whom we can share our feelings without violating HIPAA. You can do this, we must do this. You always have one person in whom you can share and that is God. Some of us can take our feelings or emotions and bury them deep in our mind. Like cities that take trash and put into landfills covering it up; the trash is still there. Are we doing the same thing with our disturbing calls? We must seal the landfills of our mind with the gift we find in the solace of God’s strength. The bible states it this way…
My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.
Psalm 73:26

Stay safe and be blessed.