At BCC, we are committed to the value of safety first and foremost. Safety is our mindset.
We always can do more to be safe and to ensure the safety of others. The more we live with a mindset of safety, the more we see opportunities to be pro-active. Safety is a basic human need. We all need to feel safe at a certain level in order to be productive.
It is imperative for us to remember that safety is necessary for a therapeutic environment (for clients as well as caregivers and support persons). The first stage of healing from trauma is safety: safety in body and spirit, safety in place and safety inter-personally.
For many of us, our various faith traditions and practices help provide us with a sense of safety.
I would like to share some selected scripture verses in the Jewish and Christian traditions. Please read on if you would like these resources. Positive regards to all.
The most ancient God is a place of safety; the eternal arms are a support. (Deuteronomy 33:27)
My God is my rock, in whom I find protection. God is my shield, the power that saves me, and my place of safety. God is my refuge, my savior, the one who saves me from violence. (2 Samuel 22:3)
I will lie down and fall asleep in peace because you alone, God, let me live in safety. (Psalm 4:8)
The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and my savior; my God is my rock, in whom I find protection. God is my shield, the power that saves me, and my place of safety. (Psalm 18:2)
No wonder my heart is glad, and I rejoice. My body rests in safety. (Psalm 16:9)
These verses give us comforting images of God that help us feel safe and secure in a trusting relationship with God. As appropriate, I encourage you to discuss these and other helpful images and experiences of God for creating a sense of safety.
May we work together with God’s blessing to be safe and to increase the safety of others.