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December 9, 2014, 11:00 AM

Life Lesson from the Hospital

I ended up in the hospital this past Sunday (December 7th) because of some chest pain and discomfort. My doctor decided to run some tests that included an echocardiogram. This particular test requires you to lay on your left side with your left arm extended over your head. The technician then places an imaging instrument  on your chest and a picture of the heart appears on the screen attached to the machine. The technician can then move the instrument around giving many different "looks" at the heart and how it is functioning. 

I am glad to say my heart is functioning very well - at least that's what the doctor says. I must say, it is a fascinating thing - at least to me - to lay there and see your heart beating. Valves opening and closing, blood flowing in and out, the muscle pulsing like ticks on a clock with life itself. "Wow, I am alive," I thought. "I can see it right there on the screen." And then the humbling thing hit me: "If that thing stops doing what it's doing, I will not get off of this table. My life will end. I will not be alive any more." Not sure I can put into words the feeling I had at that moment. Looking at your life beating and realizing that if all of a sudden it quits, you will be no more - hmmm, beyond words. Life really is a fragile thing. I don't think about that very often. I am grateful for things like echocardiograms that give visual pictures of just how moment-by-moment, beat-by-beat life actually is. 

But then another thought hit me as I stared at my beating heart: "Jesus had one of those." The One through whom "all things were made" (John 1:3) - that One took on the frailty and fragility of a life that lasts from beat to beat. Get this, friends: the One that started the very first heart beating, (Genesis 2:7) -  the One who authored life became the life he authored, with all of its fragility - hmmm, beyond words. That is what Christmas is really all about - the One who made us becoming one of us - with all that means, including a beating heart like the one I was looking at on the screen in front of me.

Why would God do that? Why would God subject himself to the frailty and fragility that plagues our human journey? Maybe a few verses from Hebrews will suggest some answers:

"But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels, now crowned with glory and honor because he suffered death, so that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone. In bringing many sons to glory, it was fitting that God, for whom and through whom everything exists, should make the author of their salvation perfect through suffering. (2:9-10)

"For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are - yet was without sin. Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need." (4:15-16)

God became one of us - through the beating heart of an infant they called Jesus - so that we can confidently connect to the One who made us and know that He knows what life as a human being is really like - all the way to death itself. To quote Linus, "That's what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown..."

Think on these things, friends, and as always...

Keep Lookin' Up!

Pastor D.




12-09-2014 at 6:26 PM
DeWayne B. Greenlee
PTL - God is Good!
12-09-2014 at 5:47 PM
Tracy Jamieson
Thanks, I needed that.
12-09-2014 at 5:30 PM
Dick Shaner
Merry Christmas, David and family! Prayers for a healthy Christ UM Church family Christmas!
12-09-2014 at 5:30 PM
Also happy that your heart is okay and thankful that God speaks to us through you. Even on a table during an echocardiogram!
12-09-2014 at 12:36 PM
Lynn Harriger
life is a fragile blessing from God, I often think about the magnificents of the human body!
12-09-2014 at 12:27 PM
Jodi Lewis
God is good - and I am glad your heart and you are well. Thank for you for sharing
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