A Renewed Heart, Full of Thanksgiving

Last week I shared that I was scheduled for a high-tech, trans-arterial replacement of a critically malfunctioning heart valve. The doctors threaded a delivery catheter through my blood vessels to deploy a new valve inside the top of my heart.

Thanks be to God, that procedure went very well, last Monday morning. After two days, I was released from hospital to be with Kathleen at Robert and Janice’s home, along with daughter Carolyn and grandchildren Zachary (Lisa) and Charis (Ben).

Recovery has been rapid and I feel tremendously better than I have for a very, very long time. I feel “repaired” and renewed. Energy I had not had for a year or two is returning, and my family tell me I look better than I have in several years.

My “spiritual heart” is overflowing with thanksgiving for a return to health. Equally… I am profoundly moved by the many expressions of support and the prayers on my behalf. My extended family and many friends in Toronto, Greenville (Illinois), Florida, and in the Free Methodist Church more broadly have been extraordinarily generous to me during this time.

After routine postoperative visits this week, we are planning to return to Canada next weekend. And I plan to resume my weekly blog the week after that.

3 thoughts on “A Renewed Heart, Full of Thanksgiving

  1. So thankful to hear this wonderful news! God is good! I never ceased to be amazed at how different heart surgery is being done today. I had two ablations for atrial fib a couple of years ago and was sent home both times on the same day! May God continue to strengthen you as you spend time with your family! Looking forward to many more of your Blogs.
    Ruth Brackley

  2. Good news, pastor Don, we are rejoicing with you. We have just returned from Gertrude (Stirling) Hick’s funeral to-day.There are not many of us old-timers left.

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