Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live,
even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?”
We call it a Code. Someone else’s heart has stopped beating, and our response—how well we manage our crews and our skills and our abilities to hold it all together—can determine whether the victim lives or dies.
It’s a scenario paramedics and EMT’s practice over and over again to perfection. A rapid response followed by a few moments of controlled fury as we feverishly struggle to save another person’s life. And sometimes our practice pays off. This time, however, there was nothing my partner and I could do…
“Medic-seven,” the dispatcher said, her voice echoing across the ambulance bay. “Cardiac arrest.”
My heart skipped a beat.
“A ninety-two-year-old female,” the dispatcher continued. “Not breathing.”
My partner entered the address into the GPS unit. I hit the gas. We made excellent time weaving through traffic and arrived on scene only four minutes after the dispatch, but it wasn’t soon enough. Our patient was already gone. She lay on the floor beside her bed with no sign of life.
Her eyes, frosty and opaque, painted a picture of recent death. Her heart was silent. It was easy to see she was gone.
The Bible says that those who believe in Christ will never die. That if you call on His name you will live forever. Do you believe this?
I felt sad as we drove back to the station. Another life had ended, and there was nothing I could do about it. I backed the truck into the bay and was just about to climb out of it when we received another call. Another cardiac arrest. Only this time the victim was much younger, only four months old. We found her lying in bed, her tiny limbs stiff and cool, her skin a sickening shade of blue.
I felt my heart break. I glanced at the young family standing on the other side of the room. I wanted to say something to them but couldn’t find the words. On the children’s faces I saw shocked innocence, on their mother’s unimaginable pain. A bright Christmas tree glowed in the corner of the room but it seemed to lack the luster it might have had just hours earlier, before death entered their home robbing them of Christmas joy.
Have you ever lost a loved one unexpectedly? Felt the sting of death? The realization that there was nothing you could have done to prevent it?
The loss of these two fragile lives should serve as a grim reminder that death is inevitable. No man knows when his time will come. As fish are caught in a cruel net, or birds are caught in a snare, we all fall victim to physical death sooner or later. So consider this: Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will never die.” Physical death will happen, it’s true, but the spirit can live on forever. Do you believe this?
Ask Jesus Christ to be your Savior and Lord. Do it today. And if you already know Him introduce Him to someone you love, for no man knows when his hour will come.
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by Pat Patterson
I am a paramedic, an educator, a family man, and an adventurer. I love life, and live to go fast. I used to race motorcycles, now I ride a mountain bike. I have sailed since I was nine, taken a million pictures, studied many topics, and bandaged a lot of people. I write about what I know. So if my stories are gritty, a little fast, colorful and full of adventure, it’s because I’ve been there, on the water, in the woods, and on the street, with dying people in my arms, and that has left a deep impression on my heart.