Dear, can you come up here?
That’s what my husband, Bill, said last year on the day after Christmas. I went upstairs to our bedroom and found him shaking and unresponsive. After screaming down to our son Zack to call 9-1-1, I did CPR (thank goodness for educational tv). Thankfully, within minutes our bedroom was packed with life-saving EMTs, leaving my sons and me watching in the hallway.
The cardiologist in the ER said something that I won’t ever forget…
He is very lucky to be alive
…lucky that we were home at the time, that EMTs had responded so quickly and that the heart attack had occurred in the back of his heart. She couldn’t imagine how he had survived this massive heart attack.
I knew something our cardiologist didn’t, my husband was covered in prayer support! While the EMTs worked, I called some immediate family to spread the news and pray. I texted my pastor (who then was my boss and was finally out of town having some family Christmas time) and he passed the news along to staff and more prayers were on their way. And I also jumped online to update my twitter and facebook statuses, “Please pray. Hubby’s having chest pains, paramedics are here.”
Because of the situation, I didn’t see the responses to my online prayer request for several hours. But what I saw blew me away. My prayer request got an overwhelming response of prayer from friends and followers, and they shared my request with theirs friends as well. We had hundreds praying for us. My online small group was praying as well. I received many offers from online friends across the country to come and help. Wow! In my most alone hours, too exhausted to talk or receive a hug, I found comfort in online support of wonderful friends, many of whom I’ve never met. Of course, our church family jumped into action as soon as they heard. We had meals delivered, prayers, support in the waiting room through a 5-hour open heart surgery. I am still overcome when I recall the love and support we received.
Bill and I celebrated 25 years together a few days ago! I want to thank all my on and offline community of prayer support, and include you in our celebration! I know that your prayers made a difference. I am thankful for a loving God who hears us!