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A Burden Never Meant For Us To Carry:

A Burden Never Meant For Us To Carry:

A man sits with his head in his hands weeping. He has just suffered the loss of his wife in a tragic accident.  In one moment, they were together and in the next a car struck her, taking her young life. As I checked for a pulse in a lifeless and broken body I knew there was no hope for her. I turned to see his eyes only to hear him say: “Why aren’t you helping her?” I stood with […]

Suffering from Firefighter Burn-out?

Suffering from Firefighter Burn-out?

Suffering from Firefighter Burn-Out? Read this: What is work to us as firefighters? Is it burdensome or bothersome? Or is it the place where our passion is pursued and a part of ourselves receives fulfillment? Have the days of feeling satisfaction from a job well done long past? Has the loss of morality and the endorsement of situational ethics caused us to lose hope in our work and our leaders? Has the world of instant answers caused us to quit […]

We the Post Traumatic Souls

We the Post Traumatic Souls

We the Post Traumatic Souls: In most cases, the world looks upon its public servants with high regard. There are a few that abuse the position, tarnish its reputation, and damage the public’s trust. As a whole, less than ½ of 1% of public servants abuse their place of public trust. This is percentage better than doctors, lawyers, and even our clergy. Yet, in the midst of such great trust and such great responsibility there is something that the public […]

Why Suffering?

Why Suffering?

Why Suffering? Have you ever suffered at the hands of another?  Have you been ridiculed, slandered, and belittled for no reason other than the individuals ability be hateful? Have you felt anger well up inside your soul?  Have you felt the need to respond in a physical or verbal way that brings resolution to your own personal injustice? In these moments, it is the greatest challenge that our principles will face. In the moment when we are attacked, if we […]

Rescuing Our Own

Rescuing Our Own

Rescuing our own- “Why don’t those who save others call for help?” The United States is seeing increasing numbers of first responders suffering from behavioral health despite the increasing of availability of behavioral health resources. Statistical data has shown an increase in first responders suffering from these behavioral health issues such as: anxiety and depression, PTSD, alcohol & substance abuse, and increased risk of suicide. First Responders are exposed to occupational stress at a higher level than many other occupations […]

A Firefighter’s Parable

A Firefighter’s Parable

An adaptation of Footprints in the Sand: There is a story about a firefighter who was walking through all the incidents of his life with God.  At one point, they stopped, and looked back at his life, represented by the footprints left in the ashes. There was two sets of footprints, side by side. One was the firefighter’s and the others was God’s.  But then, the firefighter began to notice that at those places in his life where he faced […]

The Rescue of a Broken Heart:

The Rescue of a Broken Heart:

“Without realizing it, we often carry something around with us everywhere we go. We bring it out in our conversations and it shows up in our attitudes. It never really existed, yet it’s power lives among us and keeps us from moving forward.” Author unknown. A look, an act of omission, choosing to remove oneself, and the very lines on our face can tell more than many of us would like to admit about the condition of our heart. We […]

Broken..Crushed…and Qualified?

Broken..Crushed…and Qualified?

Has the world fallen down around you? Is the pressure of the world becoming too much to bear? Does every move that make forward seem to be canceled out by adversity and obstacles? Have you come to the place of brokenness? “The breaking of the outward man is the basic experience of all those who serve God. This must be accomplished before He can use us in an effectual way.” (Watchman Nee) The painful and hard moments that push us […]

Answering the Call

Answering the Call

As one soldiers on in sharing the love of Christ with others in the fire service there is a consistent theme in all humanity that we encounter. It is the encounter of the wounded and broken soul who has built walls around their heart in defense of the hurt in this world. Their eyes seem to cry out the Psalmist words “My God, I cry out by day, but you do not answer, but I find no rest.” Psalm 22:2 […]

Depression Among First Responders

Depression Among First Responders

Depression Among First Responders-by Mark Lamplugh Everyone else is running away from the fire, but you’re charging right into it. Gunfire rings out in a crowded store and people scatter, but you run toward the sound of the shots. You are the bravest among us – first responders facing danger to keep others safe. But who is looking out for you and your emotional wellbeing? While most of society deals with the fight or flight response on a rather limited […]

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