READ : Psalm 4:1-8
Hank and Jean have experienced more than their share of health problems. Hank has endured triple bypass heart surgery and lost a leg; Jean has a muscle-wasting disease and heart problems. “Used to be I could work all of Wellington and Perth Counties,” jokes Hank, remembering his glory days as a burly, hard-working farmer. “Now I’m all finished, used up.” But throughout our visit, Hank and Jean brim with thankfulness and joy. “Oh, we have our days,” says Hank. “Sometimes we ask why.” But Hank and Jean have a close, supportive family, and they have each other. They consider themselves blessed.
“What has your faith meant to you?” I ask them. Hank considers for a moment, then leans forward in his chair and answers. “The night before my heart surgery, a doctor stopped by and asked me, ‘Do you know what could happen during this surgery? You could have a stroke, or a heart attack, or you could bleed to death on the operating table. Do you understand?’ Well,” says Hank, shaking his head, “what do you do with something like that? What can you do except turn to the Lord?” Jean nods in agreement, and Hank smiles, “I slept pretty good that night, too!”
Someone has said, “God does not promise us freedom from the storm, but peace amidst the storm.” To that I think Hank and Jean would say “Amen!”
Lord, in times of trouble give us the peace that transcends all understanding. In Jesus’ name. Amen.