Seated, though not too comfortably, I gazed at the array of greeting cards that bedecked our entertainment center. They ranged from the humorous to the deeply spiritual, with everything in between arranged in rows.

What I found to be of special interest was the fact that there had been little time to inform our friends about the surgery that I would undergo. The Dr. laid out the facts and I said: “Let’s go for it.” That was 3.00 in the afternoon of Dec. 30. On Dec. 31 at 7:20 AM I was in surgery. Late afternoon of Jan. 1 I was back home from the laminectomy. The cards kept coming, with quite a few from people we did not even know

All of the cards, the telephone calls and e-mails were deeply appreciated. How information relayed from one to another is beyond me. These get-well greetings caused my old brain to retreat more than 30 years. I went back to Grand Rapids, Minnesota. One of the Elder’s wives stopped by my office and dropped off a card entitled: “Slow Me Down, Lord”. She had crossed out the “Me” and replaced it with: “Slow Ted Down Lord”. Elvira is now home with the Lord, but her prayers were answered when God put me flat on my back. The timing was not appropriate as far as I was concerned, but it would never be with someone like me. I have had a hard time slowing down, but I recognize that when the surgeon said: “Either he changes his lifestyle or I will see him again soon” was a very strong warning. It reminded me of his opening statement after looking at the MRI…”You are a strong candidate for paralysis.”

Why do I share this with you? I am reminded of all of the words that are recorded in those cards and the pleasant effect they have ministered to me during these days. I am also reminded of more important greeting cards that have been found in God’s Word. I share a few of those with you.

“The Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:9) “Casting all your anxiety upon Him, because He cares for you.” (1 Peter 5:7) “I am the good Shepherd; and I know My own, and My own know Me.” (John 10:14) “Who comforts us in all our affliction so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.” (2 Corinthians 1:4) [All verses from the NASB.]

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