This old Hymn came to mind and I can hear Pastor Chuck Smith singing it with his deep voice:
Thank you Lord for saving my soul
Thank you Lord for making me whole
Thank you Lord for giving to me
Thy great salvation so rich and free
On the first Wednesday of every month during the summer we have a dinner for our church. In June we had a spaghetti dinner. My wife (Jennifer) and I sat with Darin, our college and career Pastor, who also works for the HB fire department. He came to the hospital to see me after my ruptured brain aneurysm. Darin had knowledge of what was going on and was a great encouragement to Jennifer explaining what the doctors were saying.
After dinner, I left the table to go practice for worship and play percussion with the team. Darin told Jennifer it was amazing to see me doing so well. Doctors and medical professionals have told me that most people don’t survive what I went through. When they do, some have serious problems. When I tell my doctor about the issues I’m still having he says we shouldn’t even be having this conversation. And when I look at the photos that my daughter took from the Neuro ICU (with all the stuff they had hooked up to me) I feel very blessed I’m still here. Thank you Lord Jesus. It’s a modern day miracle to be here on this earth a little bit longer. Yes, miracles still happen and prayer still works and I’m so thankful to be surrounded by a great church family. I only remember a few things from the hospital like when Pastor Terry came to visit, pray and have communion with me, and when Pastor Joe came to pray with me as well as some of the elders. You know things are bad if everyone is coming to pray with you. I can’t say enough about our church family.
During part of the sermon on Sunday, Pastor Terry had us read Philippians 3:20-21 and Colossians 3:1-4 and I had these verses (below) already highlighted, and they speak to me.
“But we are citizens of heaven, where the Lord Jesus Christ lives. And we are eagerly waiting for him to return as our Savior.”
Philippians 3:20 NLT
“Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth.”
Colossians 3:2 NLT
This is a temporary life here on earth and we need to be reminded to think about the things of heaven.
“We are here for only a moment, visitors and strangers in the land as our ancestors were before us. Our days on earth are like a passing shadow, gone so soon without a trace.”
1 Chronicles 29:15 NLT
“For we know that when this earthly tent we live in is taken down (that is, when we die and leave this earthly body), we will have a house in heaven, an eternal body made for us by God himself and not by human hands.”
2 Corinthians 5:1 NLT.
I love these promises from the Word of God.