God bless you,
Every time our phones ring, whether it is our cells phones or home phone,
my wife Joyce and I jump, look at each other and eagerly answer.
We are waiting, most of all, for the call that tells me, "Lacy, we believe we
have found the right heart to replace your failing one. Please report to the
operating table at St. Mary's Hospital in Rochester, Minn., within four hours."
It's been 23 days since I was placed at the top of the heart transplant
list at the Mayo Clinic. The heart must match my body size and B-positive blood
type. So our lives have been simplified and distilled down to the bare basic of
waiting for this earth's most precious physical gift: a healthy heart.
Prior to now, we'd often not answer the phone if we were busy or just
didn't want to be bothered. If the call was important, the caller would leave a message
that we'd eventually listen to and decide whether to respond.
But until I get a heart transplant, we can't neglect any phone call because it just
might be THE CALL.
So, I'm still waiting. If not for my faith in God, this wait would be the heaviest
of waits. But my faith in God has relieved me of the weary weight of worrying,
wondering and wishing. I am at peace with God. I learned long ago to pray that
God's kingdom come and that His will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Thank you for your continued prayers. Whatever the outcome, I will let you
know. Meantime, I'm waiting. We have already enjoyed a wonderful Thanksgiving
and we are prepared to celebrate Jesus' birthday and and enjoy a merry
Christmas, which we wish to all of you. Our Christmas tree is all aglow with blue
and white LED lights. I am praying to receive a new heart for Christmas, which
would be the most precious present I could receive. Nevertheless, we will have
a merry Christmas not because of the gift of a new heart, but because of the gift
God gave man in the form of his only begotten Son, Jesus.
God bless you.