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Posted By Sharon

The past two days  have been somewhat stressful...well kind of.  You see my brother was to have stents placed in a couple of arteries leading to his heart yesterday but...well, let me just explain.

After arriving early and going through the regular pre-op routine, he waited in a surgical waiting room with his family for several hours.  At that point, he was escorted to a room with a bed where he could rest and wait some more.  During this time, he laughed and joked with all of us and was not in the least bothered by the delay of his inevitable surgery.  After 2 hours, he was moved to a pre-op room and we all thought...AT LAST!  By this time he was several hours past the scheduled operation but he continued having one of the best attitudes I'd ever seen.  Another 2 hours passed and the doctors were still tied up with another surgery that had not gone as expected and they told my brother his would be postponed to today.  Honestly I was at my breaking point but continued to smile and be encouraging (God knew what was really going on in my heart!).  But you know what?  My sweet brother turned to me and asked why would a guy with a hang nail get bent out of shape over the doctors caring for someone who was having heart surgery?  He continued with "It's ok to wait til tomorrow...everyone will be more rested anyway."  After that he returned to smiling and joking.  He really made me stop and think.  I can only hope and pray that God will give me the grace to have the same attitude whenever I approach the roadblocks of life.  How blessed I am to have witnessed such a great display of kindness and mercy in a very stressful situation.

BTW...he had his surgery this morning and it went quite well.  We continue to pray for a quick recovery and I pray that God will always help me remember the gift I was given while waiting for my brother's recognize everything is in His control just as my brother did.

Have a great one!


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