His Hands

Need I say more?

May you hear the knocking in your heart's door.

May you see the unseen love already given to you.

May you see that surrender to the cross does not mean a loss but an unfathomable gain...

That of which is eternal...

For God presented Jesus as the sacrifice for sin. People are made right with God when they believe that Jesus sacrificed his life, shedding his blood. This sacrifice shows that God was being fair when he held back and did not punish those who sinned in times past. - Romans 3:25 (NLT)

Goodbye To Detention

I remembered the two transparent bags behind the closet doors in our downstairs bedroom. Those bags I used to house all the things I used when I used to work in the prison. Stethoscope. Different kinds of colored pens for charting notes. Pen lights with lights I used to check the inmates’ pupil reactions whenever there was a riot or when the inmate just happened to be under some influence of illegal substances.Stick notes I usually carried in the left pocket of my white lab coat that came in handy when I needed to jot down something that would be significant with my documentation. The simplified lay out of the prison’s map that I used when I was a new employee. It guided me during those times I would have been going in circles as all the housing units looked alike.

I thought letting go would be hard. For each item reminded me of my being a Correctional Nurse. I cut my ID in little, random pieces. I tore those important papers with information that only belonged to the staff. Like radio codes I nervously memorized and much later, became adept at responding to calls when there was a medical emergency.

It’s trash pick up today in our area. I looked at the now clutter-less closet . Despite the darkness behind the close doors, I feel good knowing I can see clearly next time I open them.

The sun is blinding today. The day that is just beginning and no one knows what it will bring. But there will always be comfort knowing that once the light has entered one’s heart, there will always be peace, knowing that baggage of sins are removed. Daily, must we submit our hearts to that Light to allow It to search the baggage stored that bears down heavily in every corners of our hearts.

Goodbye detention center! I’m done being a Correctional Nurse at this time. But being a Christian is never-ending if we are always willing to reflect that Light to this dark place.

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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].