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Luke 21:36 Be alert at all times. Pray so that you have the power to escape everything that is about to happen and to stand in front of the Son of Man.

As a first responder you train to be ready. You get used to the tones dropping and your day changing in an instant. First responders will tell you their job can be 99% mundane and  1% sheer terror the next minute. Being able to respond to these challenges during a shift, a career, and a lifetime can take a toll on an individual. Learning how to balance the down time at work and the time off is crucial to good self care. You are only as good as your ability to respond. When you neglect your own mental, physical, and spiritual balance you can become a victim to compassion fatigue. Your get-up-and-go will turn into got-up-and-went. Remember that your physical body needs nutrition, rest, and hygiene care. So does your mind and your spirit. Scripture tells us we a re a three part being:

1 Thessalonians 5:23 NIRV “God is the God who gives peace. May he make you holy through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept free from blame. May you be without blame from now until our Lord Jesus Christ comes.”

Take good care of all of your being. It needs to last you a lifetime.

Chaplain Fairlie