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20 January 2009

Salvation Alert

In the emergency room, there is rarely a dull moment. Nothing gets the heart pumping and the brain working like hearing the overhead page "Trauma Alert times two, emergency room, fifteen minutes." Something's happening! In addition to the patients coming in through the front door, and ambulances rolling up to the back door, MAST and AirHeart bring patients in via helicopter. (written 15 Oct 07)

"Trauma Alert!" Those two words set a well-oiled emergency room machine in motion. Nurses and techs make sure treatment rooms are set, then gown and glove up to receive their patient. Radiology and respiratory wait with equipment. Everyone in the emergency room has a job to do, and nothing shows that level of readiness quicker than those two words.

Many patients may not realize the preparation required in an emergency room. As the name implies, this section of a hospital is staffed and set aside for just about anything that could conceivably happen. Take a tumble while horseback riding over the weekend? Your ER is ready and waiting. Auto/motorcycle/bicycle/pedestrian accident? We're here for you.

What if we thought of our life with Jesus as an emergency? Would we be more apt to prepare ourselves? Should we page "salvation alert"? Accepting and believing Jesus as your savior gives you an emotional and spiritual emergency room. He is there, 24/7/365. It's never too early to call on Him, nor is any problem too minor. The master physician is always in, and blessed treatment is denied to none that simply ask for Him.

Jesus, I am thankful that you are always "on call" in my emergency room. No wound is too small, no trauma too large. Thank you for healing me. May I never forget from whom my strength is drawn, nor from where my blessings come. Teach me to call salvation alert to help guide others to you.

"Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. To one there is given through the Spirit the message of wisdom, to another the message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit, to another miraculous powers, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing between spirits, to another speaking in different kinds of tongues, and to still another the interpretation of tongues. All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he gives them to each one, just as he determines." ~1 Corinthians 12:7-11 NIV

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