Loss of life: Due to Christ, You Can Face This – UpWords – Bible Type

Loss of life: Due to Christ, You Can Face This – UpWords

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Death: You can face this because of Christ
by Max Lucado

Mine was by far not the riskiest in heart surgery. But any procedure that requires four hours of probes in your heart is enough to warrant an additional prayer. On the eve of my operation, Denalyn, myself, and some kind friends offered our share. We stayed at a hotel next to the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio. We asked God to bless the doctors and to watch over the nurses. After we talked for a few minutes, they wished me all the best and said goodbye. I had to go to bed early. But before I could sleep, I wanted to say another prayer … alone.

I took the elevator to the lobby, found a quiet corner, and started thinking. What if the surgery goes wrong? What if this is my last night on earth? Is there anyone I should make my peace with? Do I have to call someone and make amends? I couldn't think of anyone. (So ​​if you think I should have called you, sorry. Maybe we should have a chat.)

Next I wrote letters to my wife and daughters, each with the phrase, "If you're reading this, something went wrong in the operation."

Then God and I had the most honest conversations. We started with a good look back at my first half century. You'd be bored of the details, but they kept us entertained. I thanked him for the immeasurable grace and for a woman who was descended from the angels. My table of blessings could have lasted all night and threatened to do just that. So I stopped and offered this prayer: I am in good hands, Lord. The doctors are prepared; The staff is experienced. But things also happen with the greatest care. This could be my last night in this version of life and I want you to know if that is the case, I'm fine.

And I went to bed. And slept like a baby. As it turned out, I was recovering from the surgery, and here I am, strong as always, still on the computer keyboard. However, one thing is different. This question of dying bravely?

I think I will.

May you do the same

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Originally published August 19, 2020.

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