Christmas is a joyous time with family gatherings, parties and the birth of our savior, Jesus. As Emergency Medical Services Professionals we see people at their foulest time of their life. In this joyous time of the year, we continue to offer hope and care in the homes, roadways and nature. Working the profession we have been educated to perform, we bring expectation and compassionate care to the hurting public. It seems that the call that impacts us all is the suicide patient. Some ask, “Is Suicide More Common at Christmas Time? In December 20, 2017, an article in Psychology Today stated this, “People are most likely to commit suicide around Christmas time. False, Contrary to popular belief, the suicide rate peaks in the springtime, not the wintertime. This is probably because the rebirth that marks springtime accentuates feelings of hopelessness in those already suffering with it. In contrast, around Christmas time most people with suicidal thoughts are offered some degree of protection by the proximity of their relatives and the prospect, at least in the Northern Hemisphere, of ‘things getting better from here’. “
I take time during the Christmas season to remember loved ones who are not here to celebrate with us. It can turn toward the darkness but we should remember to look to the light.
John 8:12 King James Version (KJV)
12 Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.
Like the star on the top of our Christmas Tree it gives light to the room, Jesus brings light to a lost world. The wise men followed the star to find the King of Jews. We see this in Matthew 2 , Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem, 2 Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him.
Like EMS brings hope, Jesus brings hope and new life. That hope began 2000 years ago when Mary gave birth to Jesus in a town of Bethlehem of Judea. Not in a hotel room but in a stable. Not laid in a bed but a manger. That tiny baby grew to a man to serve as the perfect sacrifice for all mankind. Remember God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit loves you! Remember Him during this season.