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Of hearts and arteries
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Dr. Lawrence Butler

The Bridge Church, Pembroke

I often found myself a member of the “Lonely Hearts Club.” This tended to be my experience when my wife and I went “to the mountains.” She claims to love that area of our country. I never figured out how she could see those mountains from inside the stores.

 Nevertheless, I decided to entertain myself while she shopped. So, I purchased hiking boots and other stuff to enjoy the outdoors during those times of loneliness. I searched out a trail that seemed reasonable and would work for me and began the trip. However, they have a real problem with their trails up there. None of them are flat. It was about a 4-mile hike and seemed within my fitness level at the time. Soon I found myself struggling with the constant pressure on my feet and legs. Just couldn’t seem to find the strength to continue. It was hard to see men and women apparently in no better physical condition than me, and many not as strong as me, make the trip while I gasped and struggled constantly. It really hurt my ego when that teenager jogged past me in flip-flops running up the hill. The real lesson hit me later when the tingling ran across my left shoulder and down my left arm.

That’s when I knew I was in trouble.

Several months of high-blood pressure and questionable sensations in my chest ultimately led to triple-bypass surgery. The heart was good, but the arteries were clogged.

Apparently we need both to be in good shape in order to be healthy.

Death, whether sudden or slowly arriving, is not the big problem. It’s what comes after death that should be our biggest concern. “And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment” (Hebrews 9:27). You see, according to scripture, you and I will have to face judgment for the lives we have lived.

All too soon our time will end and judgment time will arrive. You may be a lot closer to having that heart or artery problem than you realize, just as I was. It’s my plan to be prepared for the end of life by having surrendered my life to the Savior Jesus Christ. Please do the same before that tingling sensation in your left shoulder and arm become perhaps the last thing you remember.

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