What A Waste!

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In the beginning the Word already existed. The Word was with God, and the Word was God. – John 1:1 (NLT)

The Thanksgiving atmosphere was almost fading away when a fight broke out in a particular unit as our change of shift also was coming to its end. Two of us ran when the unit asked for the medical help as multiple inmates were involved.

Upon arriving at the unit, we saw a line of cuffed inmates sitting in a row of plastic chair while a deputy was patiently keeping an eye on the one severely injured, sitting inside the tiny Clinic in their unit. The other nurse immediately assessed the deep gash on his forehead and tried to check the bleeding. As I jotted down the vital information, I left her. Her gaze followed, perhaps, wondering if I just left her like that.

“Are all of those sitting needed to be seen?” asked my co-worker, the tone of voice seeming to reach wherever I went and to give me a clue that work was not done.

“Oh…they’re all done,” answered the deputies.

“The other nurse already assessed them,” they added.

I wanted our time to be brief, addressing only issues that were obvious. I didn’t want us to be lingering in that place to make both of us make it and still be able to finish the work we both needed to do. We both knew, work was more than observation and treatment. We still needed to document on each of those inmates.

“Eeeww!!” she exclaimed as she saw me wrapping the BP cuff monitor on the last inmate sitting on the end.

“I thought it was vomit,” I replied.

“It was oatmeal.”


“I know! I don’t know what the fight is about but what a waste of food,” I added, noticing by then how each of those inmates were covered with oatmeal served that morning. Their shoulders. Their hair. Face. Backs.

As I finalized jotting down the last inmate’s health history, I looked beyond the glass windows where I saw the other inmates still enjoying their breakfast. Spoon after spoon of the hot oatmeal, I saw some of them laughing, as if there was no fight that occurred.

We ended up bringing only 2 out of the 8 inmates with us to the Infirmary who needed to be treated by the in-coming Physician for possible suturing of their lacerations. 

Right on the dot, both of us were able to get up and leave the prison. Welcomed by the cold, morning breeze as we pushed the door that led to the staff parking, we thanked each other. We knew, if we didn’t help each other, we wouldn’t have made it. 

I turned my car’s ignition as I put my shades to protect my vision from the morning rays of the bright sun. As my car slowly moved toward the electronic gate, my mind also wandered far. 

To this day, I often think, how wasteful it is…for people who proclaim they are Christians yet they keep bickering. Fighting. Accusing each other. Sometimes, still doubting what is true and right…Instead of enjoying the true Food of our souls…God’s Word…

What a waste to try seeking the true faith when God’s Word has been given already. Just lay hold of it. Feast on It!

All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right.-2 Timothy 3:16 (NLT)

Such things were written in the Scriptures long ago to teach us. And the Scriptures give us hope and encouragement as we wait patiently for God's promises to be fulfilled. - Romans 15:4 (NLT)

Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. – Joshua 1:8 (NIV)

I have not departed from his commands, but have treasured his words more than daily food. – Job 23:12 (NLT)
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The Attacker (5/15/09)

The sun was just peeking from the Eastern skies. Ephesians 6:12 [37 kb]

Out in the prison’s yard, some huge Sheriff’s buses were illuminated by the soft glow coming from the lights all over from the tall lamp posts. Their engines were turned on, warming up, before the buses would take the inmates to the different courts where they would have their trials.

Orange-uniformed men were lined up in pairs, joined together with handcuffs and chained, forming a long line. They already had their breakfast and had their morning medications prior to going to courts. Some were fidgeting, as they waited to board those buses.

All of a sudden, all hell broke loose! Two men were engaged in a fight, using weapons they made secretly for a while. Deputies called for help on the radio, both for custody back-up and medical staff, as well.

When the air was cleared and the other inmates were secured, one man was down on the floor. He sustained multiple gashes but two of them were deep. One cut was vertically etched from his left ear going down to the jaw line. The other dangerous cut was horizontal on his left neck, close to the jugular vein. Pool of blood dripped all over the floor. Holding his bleeding neck, he was pointing at the other inmate few feet away, being guarded by the other deputies.

The other man being accused was not hurt. There were no lacerations nor any other signs of trauma. He was obviously very agitated as he was being questioned by those deputies, while the medical staff started treating the other man on the floor. They cleaned the wounds and controlled the bleeding. That man was sent to the nearby hospital.

When the investigation was finalized, it turned out to be that the “downed man who was accusing the other inmate” was the attacker and the other one who didn’t have injury was the one attacked. The deputies found out that it was the second attempt to attack the unhurt man. Both attacks on him failed. He was well-prepared after the first attempt on him, that when the second attempt was done, he was able to defend himself and ended up injuring his attacker severely.

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We also have an “accuser of the brethren.” Satan and his army of demons are the enemies of God and of everything good.

“Because God’s children are human beings – made of flesh and blood – Jesus also became flesh and blood by being born in human form. For only as a human being could he die, and only by dying could he break the power of the Devil, who had the power of death.” –Hebrews 2:14

Because of what Jesus had done [dying on the cross], we, who live in constant fear of death shouldn’t be afraid anymore. Jesus had freed us from that fear so we can live for Him. When we belong to God, we know that death is only the portal that leads into “eternal life”. [“Thank You Lord!].

Paul warned us, too that we also battle against the evil forces of Satan, who is a vicious fighter. But to be able to withstand their attacks, we must depend on God’s strength and use every piece of His armor. We face an army whose goal is to defeat Christ’s church. When we believe in Christ, they become our enemies. They will try any device to turn us away from the Lord.

Fear not! For God has provided His supernatural power to defeat Satan and his army, through His Holy Spirit within us. So, arm yourselves with God’s armor.

Let us be strong in the Lord's mighty power. Let's put on His whole armor to resist the enemy's attacks: put on the sturdy belt of truth and the body armor of God's righteousness. For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News, so that we are well-prepared. We will need faith in every battle as our shield to stop the fiery arrows aimed by Satan and his army. Let us put on salvation as our helmet, not forgetting the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God. Let's pray at all times, on every occasion in the power of the Holy Spirit. We must stay alert and be persistent in our prayers for all Christians everywhere. [Ephesians 6:10-18].