Our prayer and God’s mercy are like two buckets in a well; while one ascends, the other descends.  ~ Arthur Hopkins

 “If it would be helpful for the night crew, I could come in for four hours from 11:30 to 04:00 in the morning. Whatever the supervisors want…”

Those were my words written in an email to the one doing our work schedule. They used to not allow me to work nights after my request for a reasonable accommodation had begun years ago to remain working just 8 hours per shift. Due to my history of neck disability from my old job, working past that duration would exacerbate the neck pain I had. Knowing how power was the issue for the people involved in handling my request, true enough, I was given a hard time and through actions and words implied that they wouldn’t allow me. Despite seeking help from the federal government (EEOC) in a legal way, help never came after waiting for almost 2 years. All the other discriminatory actions and words were not investigated. My case was closed. Just like that. 

Knowing how short our staffing had been, I was forced to work on PM shifts while other Per Diems were taken to work nights which I had been doing for many, many years. For 8 hours. 

I was determined to fight that I refused to work PM’s until they started getting me to work nights. 8 hours. Most of the days, they were the usual schedule I used to do. They knew that. I knew that. The shortage with staffing was great. And in other times, unexpected when call off’s came.

The response came in such a matter of minutes. I was excited at first until I read the reply:

“Some people here have advised me that the hours you asked for wouldn’t be helpful…The busy times would be before 11:00 and after 04:00.”

There could be some truth to that. We had down times at nights. But most of the time, night shift was busy if not with tons of doctor’s orders to be transcribed, a lot of inmates sought treatments for their discomforts. What bothered me was that I requested for her to ask the supervisors. The problem was that she got answers from “people” who might not have even worked the night shift or if they did, they should know that some workers could be lazy despite having a busy shift. 

This didn’t hurt me anymore. I wanted to be angry. But I had gone through a tough ordeal with them since 2010. During this time, God didn’t change the outcome. I didn’t win my case. But it was okay. He was changing and continuing to work within me. He gave me peace and contentment. He comforted me, provided for the needs, strengthened me and my family and reassured me time and time again…He was the One in control no matter what these people wanted to do or say.

Last Monday, one of the night supervisors called me and asked me if I was still interested to work for those hours. She said the needs were great and that she would take whatever I could offer. A day later, that person doing the schedule emailed me and asked me if I was still interested to do so. But it was too late…The times that she advised me that my offer would not be of help, something came up that I couldn’t do it at this time. I apologized. Since I was the one who brought it up. I wouldn’t know the effect. She could be upset. But I prayed instead…for them to realize something:

There is nothing impossible with God. No matter what people plan, He is the One Who controls everything. Even if no one wants to help me, it is okay because I know…I have His help wherever I am, whatever situation I am in…It only takes one thing to do…


"Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.
- Matthew 7:7 (NIV)

“If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer." – Matthew 21:22 (NIV)

Jesus replied, "This kind can be cast out only by prayer." – Mark 9:29 (NLT)

“Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere.” – Ephesians 6:18  (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.

[Source: NLT Bible ]:

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].