President’s Post for April
Comforting your Heart Children are so innocent and amazing. I totally love the time I can spend with my grandchildren. My 5-year-old granddaughter Natalie has a doc McStuffens medical bag. This week she hopped up in my lap and promptly put her ear on my chest. She said she wanted to hear my “heart beep”. In a very endearing way, she seemed very concerned and I could see it on her face. With a frown, she pulled out the toy stethoscope that makes hearing the “beeps” better. Satisfied that she could make me “all better”, she pulled out a toy syringe and gave me a shot. She declared me cured and all better. If only in real life could it be that easy to cure a bad heart. Last month we just celebrated Ash Wednesday and the start of the Lenten season which happened to fall on February 14th. Valentine’s day is special to me for another reason. My wife and I were married on valentine’s day and we were celebrating 36 years of marriage together. The Ash Wednesday service we had at the church was beautiful and meaningful, but I really didn’t feel very well when leaving. That night I found myself in the emergency room, and then the intensive cardiac care unit. I discovered that I suffered a heart attack after leaving church. The reality is ironic. I had a heart attack on valentine’s day, the one day that is symbolized by a heart. I discovered that I got away with a what is called a widow maker, with a new lease on life. The other reality is that part of my heart died on valentine’s day.
A week later Pastor Michael decided it was time to take care of his heart. He has had an irregular heartbeat which has been there since childhood. It can be cured in some people by a procedure called an ablation. He got great medical care and he was considered one of the lucky ones where rhythm was improved or restored. To cure his rhythm, part his heart had to die that day. Our hearts are the center of our bodies, but our soul is the center of our lives. As Christians, we know that even after our hearts have died, our soul will live on to eternity. This is the wonderful message we have as Christians. A wonderful message of hope, and everlasting life. I know that death has touched the lives of many of us recently. I know it is with great agony that we have said good bye to those we have called mother, or father, sister, brother, or friend in Christ. As Christians we know that death isn’t our end, it’s our new beginning. We are comforted with the reality of eternal life. In closing, let’s remind each other the words St Paul recorded. Words of comfort. Words of hope. 1 Thessalonians chapter 4 verses 13-18. “But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first. Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words”