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"Before Going Into Surgery" - - by Rev. Weldon Bares

Some things are hard to explain, but in your heart you know it is real. I had surgery recently and was more than a little anxious about it. But so many people told me they were praying for me. In the moments before going into surgery, I felt completely at peace, the peace that comes from God. That’s hard to explain, but it’s true.

My prayer was this: “Lord, I trust you.” And also, “Lord, hear the prayers of those praying for me.” I am so grateful that the surgery went well. Recovery is always a challenge.

I was reminded of several things:

(1) A peaceful heart is important in going into surgery.

(2) The prayers of others work. They really do work.

(3) It is important to tell those you love that you are praying for them. Don’t just say that you are praying for them, but really lift them before God.

(4) The encouragement of others helps more than we can ever say.

(5) Give yourself time to heal. Now I admit that I struggle with this one. We want to be back to 100 percent immediately, but it’s not going to happen. Healing takes time.

When we face health struggles, let’s hold on to the promise of God: “I am the Lord who heals you.” (Exodus 15:26) The prophet Isaiah affirmed, "In quietness and confidence shall be your strength." (Isaiah 30:15)

Some things, like the peace that comes from God, are hard to explain, but in your heart you just know it is real.

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