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DEBRIEFING OF firefighters and medics after a run has emerged over the past few years. This process gives them a chance to talk about the stress and strain of life on the ...

Reverend Wayne Detzler, PhD, Chaplain (Retired) – Charlotte, NC, Fire Department; Fellowship of Christian Firefighters Regional Director

SERVING THE COMMUNITY

Helping a new generation to overcome

DEBRIEFING OF firefighters and medics after a run has emerged over the past few years. This process gives them a chance to talk about the stress and strain of life on the edge. In many cases this may help them avoid the high price of post-traumatic stress.

For fire chaplains this is becoming a key element in community ministry. When a high school teacher approached me, I was skeptical. She asked me to talk about the debriefing process in a high school psychology class. Colleagues within the emergency services urged me to do it. So, cautiously I agreed, praying for an opening to witness about the Lord.

The day dawned, and with it came a bombshell. A lone gunman had roamed the campus of Virginia Tech mowing down students and professors alike. The very peaceful campus snuggled in the Blue Ridge Mountains had become a killing field. As I entered the high school classroom, students were shocked. Some of their peers had actually visited Virginia Tech over the past weekend.

Cautiously I led the discussion among the students. “What did you think?” I asked. Then I delved deeper: “What did you think when you first heard the news about Virginia Tech?” The teens admitted that it scared them.

“We can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God.” (2 Corinthians 1:4)

Then I led them even deeper, into the affective, or emotional, area of their lives. “How did you feel about the news?” I now was asking them about their feelings. Some of the students actually grieved over this news. They were emotionally caught up in the events, although Virginia Tech was several hundred miles away. Finally, I led them into some suggestions for recovery. Not only did we talk about proper eating and sleep habits, but we also talked about exercise. Then, I was able to point them to prayer and spiritual ministry as a means of coping.

As Christians, we can be helpful to our communities. We can give them God’s hope in time of trouble. We can reach out to care for hurting hearts. And, when we are the one in need, we can turn to God, and then to his people, who will comfort us so we can comfort others.

Prayer:

Lord, help me to be awake and aware of the needs in our communities. May I also be sensitive to the needs of those I work with.


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