Friday, June 10, 2011
AN ATTITUDE OF GRATITUDE
A friend of mine had open heart surgery on May 24th. He is a very close friend. He was a co-worker. He retired first and I soon followed. After he retired he occcasionally came by work for a visit. He knew my habits and I knew his. We are very close friends. I would say BFF but that is a term used by young people. We are old. Since I retired I have had 3 bouts with surgery. All 3 were serious. He checked on me while I was recovering. Now it was his turn. Open heart surgery is very serious. When I heard about it I was worried. Like I said, we are both getting old. His daughter promised she would keep me informed. She called and said the doctor was happy with the outcome. I prayed serveral times a day for my dear friend. I asked God to watch over him. I praised God when I heard the good report. Everything seemed to be going well. Then he started having problems. His body started shutting down. I prayed. His kidneys failed. I prayed. The doctor put him on a venilator. A machine breathed for him. I prayed. His daughter called and said it did not look good. I asked for prayer in Church at our Wednesday night service. I asked for prayer Sunday in Sunday School. We all prayed for him. On Thursday June 9th his daughter called. He was better. Today I talked with him on the phone. He is no longer in Intensive Care. He has been moved to a regular room. He is on the way to recovery. Praise God!!!
We pray to God almost every day. We ask him for things. He always hears our prayers. It is important to thank God when He answers our prayers. It is also important to Praise Him. Praise and Love come from the heart. Our love for God should overflow from our heart. Praise can't be reserved for Sunday morning. It must be a part of our everday lives. Your praise for God says a lot about your love for him. Psalms 92:1 "It is good to praise the Lord, and make music to your name, O Most High." Do you tell others about how much God has done for you? Praise Him as a regular part of your Christian life. Praise God!!!
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