Wednesday Message 11-29-17
Did you give thanks? Are you still giving thanks? One of the things I have learned this Thanksgiving holiday season is that even in the midst of challenges, one can give thanks.
Most of you know I had a weird episode the Sunday prior to Thanksgiving that gave me an overnight stay in the hospital. I learned all kinds of humility. And even in the moments of not really knowing what was going on, I found ways to be grateful for what and who is in my life. Keeping myself focused on that, while dealing with the challenge, gave me the peace to move through my challenge remembering Romans 14 (Whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord’s).
I know some may feel that is morbid talk, but it’s not. It’s peaceful, faithful talk. Even in the midst of medical folks worried about my heart, I didn’t worry about my life. And that gave me peace. And I believe that peace is a part of what brought me some really good news.
I saw my primary doctor today who reviewed all results and the conclusion is clear: my heart is fine! YAY. The episode was related to something ingested to which my body had a negative reaction. And we have narrowed down those things so that I can avoid them and not have that reaction again. YAY.
I know I am lucky. And I know that others face far worse outcomes and scarier episodes.
But I offer my experience as a reminder to you that you always have something for which to give thanks, and you’ll find it in Romans 14:8. And in giving thanks, my whole life shifts from crisis to peace, and I am able to handle the crisis differently. Whatever the outcome.
Well, I hope, anyway. I’m no less human than anyone else, and in the next challenge (and there’s always one, right?) I might need you to remind me of the peace of which I speak today, but that’s what we do for each other, right?
So, here’s your reminder… There can be peace in our journeys.
Peace in our journeys,
Pastor Steve Melde