I felt an arm went through mine and slightly tugged to pull me away from some nurses surrounding us. It was a co-worker I used to work with when I was working night shifts. We had a great relationship not only as being co-workers, but also as sisters in Christ. Praying together. Our shoulders available to each other whenever one needed a shoulder to cry on. Cautious with our tongues whenever we heard rumors and stories that sounded good to be true. Not afraid to say something to each other when we knew that our steps might not be taking the right road that might end up hurting us.

Hi sister!” I exclaimed with excitement as I pulled my left arm she took and wrapped both instead on her to give her a hug.

“Please pray for me,” was the first thing she said.

What’s wrong?”

“I haven’t been sleeping for some nights now. It’s difficult.”

Stress or any problem?”

“Not really.”

Good. But still…I know it’s hard when your body is chasing after sleep.”

I will sister…I will…”

She asked about my case and I asked her in return to pray for me. For God to help me forgive despite the wrong done. I told her how God has always been good. That was no surprise to her knowing His nature. 

Pray for me, sister…That I would be able to forgive those people in power who have wronged me.”

“What’s your plan now?”

That’s another thing. I don’t know yet if there’s another road that He wants me to take at this time.”

But He gives me peace…You know what I mean…”

With another tight hug, we rounded up our short conversation as she needed to start pulling the hundreds of medications for the units assigned to her. Briefly, we had talked about so much chaos going on at work. A nurse quit. One got fired. One threatening to demote herself to working lesser hours because she was not allowed to go to PM shift that she wanted because of her personal reasons. Some got promoted but already facing struggles with people who never liked the way they managed the Clinic.

“Pray? We need to pray for people here.” We both agreed.

“Let’s go! Time to go home!” yelled the night nurse I worked with as her purse dangled from her palm.

Grabbing my own from the corner of the table, I hurried my steps to keep up with hers. I was leaving a place known to keep inmates. Leaving my co-workers who could get out of the prison after work but the sad truth was that…most of them were perhaps not living free. Liking the earthly principles and wisdom that in return would not get them anywhere.  And I knew at that moment, I needed perseverance in bending my knees more and folding my hands together in prayers for God to save not only me but also my co-workers. To save any of us from any afflictions, temptations, or troubles. May our workplace be filled with His love, grace and mercy as confusion abounds. For God is not God of confusion but of order.

It was winter but the air outside was not the expected freezing breaths from the skies. Yet, it felt good to be out of the prison and breathed fresher air. It felt good to just get out. And in its true sense, that was how it would be whenever we could get out of anything that trapped us. Sometimes, it’s easier to just LEAVE…

I am suffering and in pain. Rescue me, O God, by your saving power. – Psalm 69:29 (NLT)

But as for me, I am poor and needy; please hurry to my aid, O God. You are my helper and my savior; O LORD, do not delay. – Psalm 70:5 (NLT)

But may all who search for you be filled with joy and gladness in you. May those who love your salvation repeatedly shout, "God is great!" – Psalm 70:4 (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].