Monday, November 28, 2016

The 2016 Advent Season; a season of waiting and hope.

The Season of Advent is a time of hope and expectation. This is the personal testimony of a Salvation Army Officer, who is a wife and a mother, and who is faced with a serious medical condition. May you be blessed as you read about how she responds to the situation and holds onto her faith, and please pray for her and her family:

"You had congestive heart failure. You have mitral regurgitation - a leaking valve - and if it is not fixed your heart will not last five years." These were not the words I expected to hear when I went to the cardiologist this past September because of the outcome of some tests. As we talked about open-heart surgery, I was told of the risks involved and so I went home wondering how long the wait would be and if there was hope.

Many times in the past I have said to my husband, “I don't want to die because I don't want to miss out on all the special moments in the lives of our children." But now as I came face to face with my own mortality, I knew that I needed to have a conversation with God. Being the logical person that I am, I knew God would use logic to help me with my dilemma. I believe in God as my personal Saviour; I know He is faithful to his promises; and, I know that he could handle all things. Therefore, logic told me I would be ok whether I live or die. And I could trust him to take care of my family if I should happen to die during or after the operation. Whew! I needed that assurance at this time in my life. I needed to be reminded that I could wait upon God and place my hope in him regardless of what life throws my way.

On Tuesday, November 22, I met with the surgical team. The surgery has been scheduled for Dec. 1st. I do know that I will continue to wait and hope in God.

The 2016 Advent Season begins this week; a season of waiting and hope. I don't know what circumstances you face, but may this Advent Season be one of waiting and hoping in God for the outcome.

Blessing to all
Patsy Rowe, Major
Corps Officer
Ontario, Canada

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