Every law enforcement officer has experienced their on-duty “Haceldana”. What is a “Haceldana” you may ask? It is an Ancient Greek term meaning “a field of blood”.
The story attributed to the term, “Haceldana”, is the name of a potter’s field. This potter’s field was purchased with the thirty pieces of silver that Judas threw back at the temple high priest prior to Judas deciding to literally “hang around” and busting his gut over the god-forsaken landscape. No RSVP’s nor RIP’s in this Hell’s acre Gumshoe surmises.
Side Note: It has been said that these thirty pieces of silver were the first government grant given to a Catholic Bishop. Lesson learned perhaps?
A field of blood is definitely a gory and disgusting macabre picture my friends. Combat veterans as well as street cops can attest to these actual but surreal scenes of carnage.
Fevered dreams of never-put-away horrid memories visit the 911 first responder who is taken unaware and defenseless. These soul-killing memories arrive unannounced and uninvited through unexpected sights, sounds, and smells that trigger them.
What to do? Mask the symptoms with self-prescribed medications of drugs, alcohol, and other vices? Slow suicide is not painless. These only put a bandaid on a severe hemorrhage. You need a 911 call for the 911 responders, don’t cha know?
Gumshoe learned through the grace of God to seek out what is good; what is true and what is beautiful in order to effectively confront what is evil; what is false and what is ugly.
In the best-selling book, “Man’s Search for Meaning” by Viktor E. Frankl, he states:
We have come to know man as he really is. After all, man is that being who invented the gas chambers of Auschwitz; however, he is also that being who entered those gas chambers upright, with the Lord’s Prayer or the Shema Yisrael on his lips.
Scripture states in John 14:6 that Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life. Too bad poor Judas did not take that path to spiritual salvation, instead taking the deadman walk to his own personal “Haceldana”.
Well, folks, Gumshoe will now step down from his soapbox. Always remember to love the ones who love you and really try to love the ones who don’t.
PS: God bless and keep all combat veterans as well as first responders. Keep ‘em in your prayers. Back the blue.