Friday, May 19, 2017
Yes, and I will continue to rejoice, for I know through your prayers and God's provision of the Spirit of Jesus Christ what has happened to me will turn out for my deliverance.
Surgery day has arrived at last! I hurry through coffee and breakfast so I can get over to the hospital no later than mid-morning. With the operation scheduled for 12:30, I want to have ample time with Danny beforehand, and I need to make arrangements for the hospital chaplain to pay us a visit.
I can't help but recall Danny's previous two surgeries - one to install the original defibrillator and the other to replace the battery - when our former pastor, Wallace, arrives in time to pray with both of us, then stays with me throughout the entire procedure. What comfort this gives me, and what peace of mind it gives Danny to know I won't be waiting out the ordeal alone.
This time around, everything's different. Though we feel, still, the incredible calm generated by the prayers of so many, there's simply nothing like having a believer physically present, to join hands, and pray aloud over us. I can't help but wonder what the St. Joseph's chaplain will be like.
About an hour after I make the request, a middle-aged man in a wheelchair appears at Danny's doorway. A warm smile engulfs his bespectacled face. "Am I at the right room?" he asks in a voice as pleasant as his expression. "I was told you all wished to see the chaplain."
"Yes, yes," says Danny eagerly. "Please come in!"
James, as he introduces himself, rolls into the room and settles his chair near the foot of Danny's bed. He wants to hear our story, of how and why we came here, where we are from, and what we do at home. As we speak in turn, James listens empathetically and with genuine interest. A born pastor, I think to myself, and perfectly suited for a chaplain's role.
When James hears the part where we leave the cabin in such a hurry, I don't think to bring my Bible, he regards me kindly, and says, "I'll see to it that you get one today before the surgery. That's a promise."
I am grateful beyond words!
James lingers much longer than we expect, and we are both so happy he does; he is amazing company! Finally, we join hands and, though I can't remember exactly what James speaks in prayer, Danny and I are instantly filled with God's peace and assurance.
And in the midst of uncertainty, we can rejoice.
To be continued . . .
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