Posts tagged ‘hospital’

July 24, 2012

Pray For My Friends

by pastortimfowler

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God brings people in and out of our lives all of the time. Rarely do we have those super special people who stay around a long time. God has been very very good to me and has not only brought me a wife that has stuck around, but has brought me several friends too. A couple of these friends, needs your prayers. I am only doing this because it is easier to ask for forgiveness than to ask for permission and she would probably tell me no if I asked her if I could post this.
Sheila and I met at church in a very strange way. Her and her family lived just a couple of doors down from the church I worked at and she was using us as an occasional baby sitters for her children. Her and her significant other were not church people and did not plan on becoming church people. If the truth be known, they still aren’t church people; they are amazing people who know Jesus and have blessed our church by making it theirs now. I will condense this part quite a bit, but it is an amazing testimony. After a few weeks, she started coming, then James, and the next thing you know we are baptizing them and performing a middle of the week wedding. Over the next 8 years, they have become friends to the point of being family.
Here is the prayer need. James in the hospital ICU with a weird lung problem and the doctors are not optimistic about his recovery being quick nor full. I personally believe that God has other plans. Sheila has to work and many of our church folks are helping where we can. She is hard-headed and stubborn, but we are working around that. But I am asking you to pray for her specifically because the love of her life is very sick and she is hurting from it. She has amazing patience and stamina for persevering through tough times, but this is different as you can see. Pray for her to be strengthened and for patience and for God’s grace to be overflowing in her life at this time. She is by far one of the best people God has ever sent to our church and to me as a friend.
Pray for her two boys, both teenagers. That in it self is a need for prayer when everything is going just fine. But now they are faced with uncertainty and I am sure their faith is being tested. Pray that they will find extra patience with mom and that they will see just how awesome God is, even in the hard times, which is when we all need it most.
Pray for James. That his recovery will be faster than the doctors can ever explain and that the recovery is full. He recently quit driving a truck and has been home for the last few months and because of that has been in church regularly ever since. He has grown in his relationship with God and was really getting to find his place with friends and in serving at the church. It goes without saying that he loves his family and loves the Lord. But when something like this happens, even the strongest faith can be challenged.
Yep, every so often we get blessed with someone special in our lives and when they are hurting, you hurt. So I am asking everyone who reads this to take a minute to pray for my good friends. I will keep you updated as we hear the good news start to happen. Thanks for taking this time to read about this special need and thanks most of all for taking time to pray.

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October 26, 2011

No Accident

by pastortimfowler

A good friend of mine has been in the hospital for the last few days and thankfully he is about to be released. It was really weird the way it happened and how quickly it turned dangerous. One day he is at the doctor for a minor problem, an infection, and the next day he is in ICU because his blood pressure had bottomed out. I will probably regret saying this, but thank goodness his wife kept nagging at him to go to the emergency room and get checked out. I know that she will not call it nagging, but us guys know what I’m talking about.
Whenever this type thing happens it always causes me to reflect on how short this life is and how quickly we can lose it. My friend is a guy about my age, so young, and relatively healthy and a week ago you would have never thought that he would be in the hospital, much less ICU. We can have someone we love with us today and tomorrow God can take them away. It reminds me of this verse from the Bible: James 4:14 You don’t know what will happen tomorrow. What is life? You are a mist that is seen for a moment and then disappears. We rarely think of life this way until we are faced with these things.
So, what are you doing to make the most of this life? If you are like me, I often think about selfish things, like watching the football game or going fishing. But I am talking about making the most of life so that others can have it better. We are put here for a reason and somehow I don’t believe it was to be selfish. If so we are only here by mistake and there is no Creator, and if that’s the case, forget everyone, I’m going fishing.
When faced with the possibility of death being near, we often think, is there anything after this? There are very a few choices for what happens after death. If there is no God, no Creator, no Higher being who has any moral fortitude, then we don’t have to worry about what we do in this life. Unless you believe in reincarnation, but even then if there is no judge of what is a good life, then it is just the luck of the draw. With my luck, I would come back as a cricket or a worm being sold in a bait shop. But if we die and that is it, life just ends, we should not worry about doing anything more than what feels good to self. I can’t even make a good argument for being a good husband and father if there is no moral higher being that we have to answer too when we die.
As a pastor I have had to sit in hospital rooms with people who are dying, both young and old. I can’t recall anyone ever saying that they wished they had done more for themselves, but rather the opposite, they wish they had done more for others. Funny how people closest to death think very seriously about what is after death and those of us who seem to be a long way from death seem to be quite selfish thinking. But with what happened to my friend, healthy one day and in ICU the next, we all should be thinking a little more about how close to death we might really be.
I wrote in my blog yesterday that I wished that people would think a little more for themselves about things instead of listening to what others say. I think that holds true for how we think about God. I believe that there is a Creator who loves me and will judge the things that I have done. I believe that He offers forgiveness because He loves me and that He wants me to know Him. I believe that God wants everyone to know Him and that if we just thought logically, we might have reason to think that perhaps there is a God. Just look at the world around us. It has design and purpose and where there is design and purpose there is a designer. Let me leave you with this to think about.
If you had never seen a watch, but found one as you were walking along the beach one day, would you think that the watch formed by accident? After all, the sand contains the minerals needed to make the watch and the force of the ocean and gravity and the occasional asteroid crashing into the beach would create the heat needed to form the glass and if lightening stuck at the right time it would cause an electrical charge that would power the watch, right? Of course not. Although you couldn’t explain it, you would think that someone made it. Perhaps a watch maker.  And if you searched, you could find this watchmaker or at least someone who knew him or enough about him to learn what the watch was and how to use it.
I can tell you about my Creator, if you really want to know. Life is not an accident.

July 8, 2011

Precious Waiting

by pastortimfowler

As I was sitting around the hospital yesterday while Jake was getting his new kidney, I had a lot of time to think and walk around and talk to people I have never met before. I really enjoy meeting new people, they are so much better that the old ones. (joke) I also learned a lot about the procedure for transplants and the time lines for when things happen. What I learned was that nothing happens fast until you go to your truck that is parked on the other side of the world, then things move quickly, until you get back to the room and they slow down again. Yep, we were told that we had an hour or so before they would come and get Jake, so I took that as I had plenty of time to go to my truck and get a few things for when the surgery began. As soon as I got there, about 15 minutes after I was told we had at least an hour, I was called to let me know that they were taking Jake and waiting on me to pray with the family. Good thing that I have superpowers and can navigate hospitals in record time.
Once they took him to the surgery floor, we were sitting around for about an hour or so and I was told that Jake would be another half hour waiting for the surgery to actually start. I had already been there for several hours, and was getting hungry and irritated with all the delays. I don’t like hospitals to begin with. They are always full of sick people. But having to wait and wait was like being at the DMV. I maintained my composure and did not let anyone know that I was irritated, after all, this was a moment that many have been praying about for a couple of years.
I went to get a late lunch and got the chicken fingers plate. I should have gotten the Philly cheese steak that everyone else was getting. Chickens do not have fingers. If they did you probably wouldn’t eat them. I have been told that most chickens have arsenic in them, and I think that these had a bit too much. But I was hungry and ate them anyway, but made sure that I complained about them to anyone who would listen.
After I ate the arsenic laced chicken fingers, I went back to the surgery waiting room. They Braves were playing and the game was on the flat screen, but it was connected directly to a dish and a storm started and caused the game to go off and all I could see was the “lost signal” message. I told another fellow who was in the room with me that it should be illegal to make someone wait as long as we had been waiting AND to allow the Braves game to be interrupted. So we waited and waited and around 7pm I got hungry again. The surgery was going to be a couple more hours, at least, so I decided to go get something to eat. I managed to stay away from the arsenic laced chicken fingers and opted for the fresh out of the oven, all meat pizza. It was good. But what happened on the way down made me decide that I would not complain again while I was waiting on Jake’s surgery to be completed.
As I got on the elevator that took forever to get to my floor, I was standing next to a man who wanted to share my ride down. I was telling him how long I had been there and how irritated I was at how they made you wait for everything, including the elevator. He just smiled and agreed. I asked him why he was in the children’s hospital and he told me that his son, who had overcome cancer, was there being treated for radiation sickness. He said that he had been there for 7 weeks now and although he was confident that his son’s cancer was gone, they weren’t sure if he was going to pull through the damage that the radiation did. I asked him if I could pray for his son, whose name is Tom. He said that he was only 14. So we prayed. I have prayed for him often since then. I keep thinking about how long this guy has been at the hospital and how I bet that he is thankful for every single delay and every single event as long as it means Tom is still alive.
I finished waiting on Jake to come out of surgery. I sat around and talked with a few more people and told them about Tom. It took another couple of hours before Jake was out and even another couple of hours before the family could get back to see him. Jake is doing fine and has still got a long ways to go in his recovery.
I did not complain anymore last night about how long I had been there, instead I tried to thank God for allowing me to wait around long enough to meet Tom’s dad and learn how precious waiting can be.