Today with Jesus
Bible verse: “ The Samaritan soothed his wound with olive oil and wine, and bandaged him.” (Luke 10:34)
First aid helpers in an emergency - our saviours.
In an emergency, no other help benefit victims as the 'first aid'. The saviour of life is the first aid or the first help that gets there. In an accident, every minute is precious to save a life, and the same applies to all emergencies of life. We should always hope to be the first at the scene of emergencies and be ready to administer first aid. To do so, we need to also train ourselves with first aid programs. Studies reveal that the death rate due to heart attacks has reduced from 94% to 14 % by merely providing CPR (Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation) by the Ottawa Para Medical Service in the city of Ottawa , Canada. The Bible says that the human body is the temple of God and so, we should not be a mere bystander of its destruction,but the saviour.
Psalm 46:1 - "We can always depend on God to deliver us from trouble.” The story of the good Samaritan is the best example put forward by Jesus for the question, 'who is my neighbour?' Luke 10:34 - “A Jewish man was travelling from Jerusalem down to Jericho, and he was attacked by bandits. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him up, and let him half dead beside the road. A priest and a Levite passed by him, but it was the Samaritan who gave first aid. Then he put the man on his own donkey and took him to an inn, where he took care of him.”
There is no excuse for by passing by and ignoring an emergency scene.
In 2001, Eli Bee was knocked to the ground by a secondary bomb that was intended to kill first aiders rushing to the scene of a suicide blast in Israel which led to his ingenious low cost idea of being the first in the scene of an emergency on a bike and a phone. Conventional ambulances called to such scenes have plenty of fancy equipment, but they start from a central location and often struggle to squeeze through traffic jams. So they often arrive late; the most gravely injured often die in minutes. His charitable organization, United Hatzalah, co- ordinates a group of 1700 volunteers scattered around Israel, and each of them have a GPS- enabled- Smartphone revealing exactly where he or she is. Anyone who sees an emergency can call a central number (1221 in Israel). A Smartphone app instantly alerts the nearest first aider, who may be only a block away. He stops whatever he is doing, races to the scene and tries to give first aid. When the ambulance arrives, the volunteer goes back to his day job.
Prayer: Jesus, let us be the first to help people in an emergency and let us learn how to render first aid to people in need. Give us the mind and heart of the good Samaritan. Let more Eli Bees spread all over the globe as the immediate savoir of lives in danger. We pray for all the people who are engaged in administering first aid. All we ask in Jesus' name. Amen.
Thursday, 2nd Feb 2012