by Chaplain Skip Straus
We thank You for allowing us the privilege of living in a nation where we can worship You openly…. where we can stand up as individuals and even pray collectively… for our nation, for our leaders and for our people.
And, Heavenly Father, today I would like to offer up to You a special prayer – a prayer of protection for the men and women serving on the front lines of our city streets, LORD… the EMTs, the Paramedics, the Firefighters, the police officers, the deputy sheriffs, even the folks in the dispatch centers and the 9-1-1 call rooms… protect them from all harm, GOD!
You have given each of them a special heart to serve others, GOD. You have gifted them with the ability to see things that others should never have to see, LORD, and they see it every day. GOD, would you protect them? Would You guard their hearts and minds? GOD we call on You as our REAL CHIEF. GOD will you grant them the abilities they need to continue to go forth and serve others, as they seek to serve You… on YOUR shift, GOD, Amen.
About the Author: J.C. “Skip” Straus started in EMS in 1973, while still a senior in High School, and became a paramedic in 1976. He joined his first volunteer fire department in 1978. He worked full time in EMS for 14 years, took 11 years “off” and did safety consulting, then re-entered the EMS world in 2000. He spent his last ten years working “the hood” in a large city and in a metropolitan suburb city, the last two of which he served as a Paramedic Captain.
He began taking seminary courses from Andersonville Theological Seminary in 1997. After only eleven ‘short’ years, he graduated in October of 2009 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Pastoral Counseling. He obtained his Master’s Degree in April of 2011. He was ordained as a non-denominational Christian Pastor in September of 1999.
Skip founded Emergency Ministries in December of 1998. The ministry now provides Chaplaincy for several Emergency Service agencies and over 4,000 personnel.
Chaplain Skip, as he is known, is a Board Certified Crisis Chaplain (American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress), a Nationally Registered Paramedic, and is the CEO and Senior Chaplain of Emergency Ministries. He is a speaker and writer. He has authored almost five hundred “Stress Relief” articles, two of which appear in the devotional section in the back of the Firefighter’s Bible (Holman’s Christian Standard Bible – ISBN: 1586400975).
Skip also serves as a Critical Incident Stress Management consultant to the offshore industry in his role as Vice President of Global Operations for CISM International. He was one of four counselors sent to debrief the survivors of the Deepwater Horizon explosion in the Gulf of Mexico.
The Chaplain lives in a suburb of Houston, Texas with his wife Cindy and their dog, Harley. They have four children and three grandchildren. Skip is an avid scuba diver and underwater photographer. He says ‘stress relief’ for him involves diving with the sharks. Go figure.
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