November 24, 2011

Nov. 24: Gratitude as the bedrock of faith

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By Becky Horst, associate registrar
SCRIPTURE: Psalm 95:1-7a (NRSV)
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DEVOTIONAL:
Each morning, my husband Ken and I face each other with outstretched arms and greet the new day with thankfulness. We began this little ritual after walking through the valley of the shadow of death last summer. In that walk we learned that gratitude is the bedrock of faith.

For those readers who are unfamiliar with Ken’s story: Last spring he was a strong and healthy high school physics teacher who climbed stairs two at a time and played racquetball twice a week. But he began to experience increasingly irregular heartbeats. He was hospitalized four times in the month of May while doctors struggled to find a diagnosis.

In Indianapolis, a heart biopsy revealed a rare autoimmune disease. Ken’s immune system was attacking and destroying his own heart, probably in response to a virus. The damage was so severe that he was rushed to surgery to install two “ventricular assist devices.” They rested on Ken’s abdomen and pumped his blood while we waited for a heart transplant.

The two months that we spent in Indianapolis were surreal. Hospital life swirled around us. Past and future grew dim. Prayers, songs and Scripture tethered us to God, who provided more than we could expect or imagine. Our Caring Bridge blog tethered us to friends and family through the ups and downs of the journey.

Now, while a new normal is unfolding at home, we are profoundly thankful for restored life. Join us in making a joyful noise to God this Thanksgiving Day!

SCRIPTURE: Psalm 95:1-7a (NRSV)

1O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his steadfast love endures forever! 2Let Israel say, “His steadfast love endures forever.”

1Come, let us sing for joy to the LORD; let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation. 2Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song. 3For the LORD is the great God, the great King above all gods. 4In his hand are the depths of the earth, and the mountain peaks belong to him. 5The sea is his, for he made it, and his hands formed the dry land. 6Come, let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before the LORD our Maker; 7for he is our God and we are the people of his pasture, the flock under his care.

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Comments (8)

  1. VERY TOUCHING
    GLAD YOU BOTH ARE DOING OK
    WE HAVE A WONDERFUL SAVIOR
    WHO WATCHES OVER US
    MITCHELL

    MITCHELL JONES November 24, 2011 |
  2. Praise God Becky,Sorry,I never knew
    I am thankfull, it’s always allright when we
    rely on God

    Babe Sheley November 24, 2011 |
  3. Becky, I am so happy for you both.

    Norma Wyse November 24, 2011 |
  4. We rejoice with you. A miracle indead! We kept updated through your parents

    Mary K.Mishler November 24, 2011 |
  5. God is good all the time. All the time God is good ! ! !
    Thank Him.

    Mary L November 24, 2011 |
  6. Recently my brother’s pastor in Florida posed the following: “If you awakened tomorrow with only what you thanked God for today, what would you have?”

    It caused him to think that many of his prayers did not offer thanks, but rather addressed various ‘needs’. His concluding sentence asked for forgiveness for failing to be appropriately thankful. I echo that confession. It should not be necessary to receive major answers to our prayers before offering thanks to God for his faithfulness.

    Kenneth Pannabecker November 24, 2011 |
  7. Your post this morning was just what I needed. I am happy to hear that things are going better for both of you and thank you for bringing my heart back to the important things in life.

    Marianne November 25, 2011 |
  8. How wonderful to her your faith testimony. Your light is shining brightly.

    Jen November 28, 2011 |