A Passionate Calling

Karen McCracken – writer and published author who has spoken at numerous conferences – penned this poem entitled “The Paramedic.”

pm1“Skilled ready hands, sirens blaring fierce
A willing heart to serve, sounds of tragedy pierce
Twenty-four with no rest, who else would they send
Exhausted he returns still and back yet again
pm2Sharpening his blade, educating his brain
For when the tones command, objectivity must remain
There’s no turning back, though fears never fade
With life or with loss, the call has been made
pm3Precise decisions come forth, made with lightning speed
No time for second-guessing, the call has its needs
Axe and hammer aside, air tank strapped
These mere tools of the trade don’t define the real craft
pm4For stamina and strength, willfullness and heart
Sureness and speed are the utter most parts
When a call comes forth, no time for a toss
The first responder is made at his very first loss
pm5The man who acts brave, but denies real pain
Is a coward inside and toils in vain
For as years quickly run, every face he will see
Pronounced guilt and pain will never flee
pm6His soul sinks so deep and the veil deftly falls
Across the eyes to mask hurt from each tragic call
Resonating far too long, each tragedy that came
Yet again he musters up to do twenty-four yet again
pm7A hero they call him, but to him he’s just a man
With a passionate calling to save lives, if he can”

Regardless of your area of service, this poem resonates with all who give.

“I am grateful to Christ Jesus our Lord, who has strengthened me, because he judged me faithful and appointed me to his service.” —1 Timothy 1:12

DELIVERER, give me courage when I fear. Peace when I fret. Hope when I doubt. And love when I don’t know what to do.

A daily devotion fromstrength for service

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