Thursday, September 20, 2007

Grateful

This has been a crazy week. I got a call on Tuesday that my 37 year old brother had a heart attack. After a few hours of phone calls and arrangements, Dan and I and the kids left for my hometown where my entire family resides. I am grateful our life allows us to pick up and go when necessary.

It is now Thursday afternoon and things are looking ok. I don't want to say things are "fine" or "good" because a heart attack changes everything. It affects his entire life, and affects his family, his wife and 2 daughters, also. The artery that caused the heart attack had a stint placed in it immediately, and a second artery that was 90% blocked was stinted (is that a word?) this afternoon. I am grateful for the wisdom God has granted to doctors.

Kevin has had constant visitors in the hospital, both family and friends. Probably hundreds of people are praying for him, and indeed, my whole family. I am grateful for the prayers of righteous saints.

Health scares have a way of making us stop and think about life. What is important and what doesn't matter in the long run. Our food intake is one of those things. Food is a gift from God, but often becomes an idol in my own life. Obsession with health and lengthening your life easily becomes an idol, too. I'm grateful that God can give us balance, if we ask for it.

I'm grateful for a lot of things, but most of all, I am grateful for a God that is in control. He has numbered my brother's days and I am confident that His grace will accompany any trial that lies ahead.

5 comments:

hartgirlies said...

I heard the news today and will be praying for him and his family. God is the GREAT physician!

Morning Rose said...

We'll keep Kevin in our prayers. I know how that phone call can change your life, when a loved one has a heart attack. We'll keep praying.

Heather said...

Donette you and your fmaily are in our prayers! Please let us know if there is anything we can do!

PinkAngel said...

I'm so sorry about your brother. Is this the same kind of issue your dad had? We'll be praying...

Gretchen said...

Nett -- you are right about how these things make you stop and think. Thank you for your transparent words about idols. You are absolutely right. Bless you, hun.

I'll pray that Kevin and your whole family will grow in faith and dependency on Christ through this time. Life is a vapor, right?