Loretta Schoen – Under HIS Wings

Discover the Other Side of Medical Adversity from Being Pressed to Feeling Blessed


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Thanking God for Everything

The actress, Pauley Perette plays Abbey Scuito, a forensic scientist on NCIS.  Recently she spoke about being through many seasons in her life – some good and some bad. There was a season when she just didn’t know how or what to pray for.   So she decided that every morning and all throughout her day she would say this simple thought:

“God, thank you for everything and forgive me for everything”.

Wow!  Everything?  She didn’t really mean that, did she?  Thank God not just for the good stuff but for the bad stuff too?

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Old Is Made New Again

We have just spent six days taking care of our almost 9 month old grandson, Ryker, while his parents and older brother were in NJ celebrating a wedding.  We were excited to have the opportunity to spend some one on one time with the little guy and get to know one another.  But we were also apprehensive.  It had been 8 years since our first grandchild was this age and we remembered how challenging it can be to be caring for an infant 24/7.  We were older now, having faced open heart, cardiac stents, a shoulder repair and two hip replacements.  I was still mending from the second hip replacement and Thad was getting ready to repair his second shoulder and in some discomfort.  Could we do this?

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The Miracle of Life on Earth. 

When you have been plagued with a plethora of medical adversity, you may decide at some point that if you die, you die; you have seen what you have seen, done what you have done and lived what you have lived.  You’ve lived a good life, done most of what you wanted, and learned so much – some of which you really didn’t want to learn.  You are grateful for a life well lived and if you’re lucky you have no regrets about the time you spent on earth.  With your faith tucked well in your heart, no bags to pack, you tell God you can be called home at any time.  You are ready for the next stop – life in eternity.

 

But on Sunday, January 31, 2016 at 11:10 am, I fell in love with life on earth.

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It is 2015 and I am grateful

If you have ever watched the Cinemax TV series The Knick then you will readily guess what I am thankful for this Thanksgiving season.  Set in New York City in 1900, the Knickerbocker Hospital operates with innovative surgeons, nurses and staff who have to overcome the limitations of the current medical understanding and practice of their day.  Surgical theatre (operating room) with local physicians sitting as if watching a play provided little sterility to the environment.  Nurses and surgeons did not use surgical gloves as they cut open and delved into the patient’s body.   With only a newly invented hand cranked suction pump to remove blood and cocaine and opium used for anesthesia, the mortality rate was enormous.  Exploratory and inventive surgery was performed with the hopes that they would either heal the patient or, if the patient died, learn from the process.  Additionally, the practice of surgery was considered a lowly profession and not well respected.  If God had placed me in this era, I would have ran out of that hospital as fast as my ills could take me with a “to-go” cup of cocaine to numb the pain and assuage my fear.

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The Road Of Life

I read this on a blog post entitled Morning Story and Dilbert.  As a bicyclist and a Christian, I could so relate.  I hope you can as well.

At first, I saw God as my observer, my judge, keeping track of the things I did wrong; so as to know whether I merited heaven or hell when I die. He was there sort of like a picture of a president. I recognized His picture when I saw it, but I really didn’t know Him.

Later on when I met Christ, it seemed as though life was like a bike ride, on a tandem bike, and I noticed that Christ was in the back helping me pedal. I don’t recall when he suggested we change places, but life has not been the same since.

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Healing Made Visible

Breakfast at The Pancake House turned out to be a special gift and it wasn’t the pancakes.   A young, smiling waitress escorted us to a table near where three older men were seated.  Obviously retired, the men were discussing everything from their football picks of the week to the state of the union.  The waitress was attentive, pleasant and quickly brought us freshly brewed coffee and took our order.  As we sat enjoying the coffee we couldn’t help but overhear as the three men talked with the waitress about her life.  It was obvious that they were regulars and that she had often waited on them.

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Turning Hope into Joy

I have noticed that as we age we lose things.  We lose our eyesight; we lose our hearing.  We lose our hair, and even the elasticity of our skin.  We lose muscle mass and bone (osteoporosis). We lose our train of thought which causes us to lose our keys, purses and cell phones.

As things are lost they are often replaced with objects, mechanical devices and/or appliances?  Glasses, hearing aids, toupees, and even creams that promise to lift, tighten and restore youth.

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