Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Heart of the Matter

The heart is an incredible machine.  It never takes a day off.  It asks for no vacation; which is amazing. Seriously who doesn’t want a vacation from time to time? Who doesn’t want to stop what they are doing and just do something else.

The heart is a hollow muscle that pumps approximately 4.7 - 5.7 liters (that's about 5 quarts) of blood per minute throughout the blood vessels to various parts of the body by repeated, rhythmic contractions. The average human heart, beating at 72 beats per minute, and will beat approximately 2.5 billion times during an average 66 year lifespan. That’s a lot of beats!

Sometimes in all that beating the heart just is not strong enough to keep on going on. Sometimes the heart just stops. When that happens those are just not good days. Nobody is happy then. Sometimes we get lucky and the heart gives us warnings and lets us know it needs some help. It needs our undivided attention. Maybe it needs a little tune up or just a little cardiac ablation to get back into that smooth beating rhythm.

I am grateful for the miracle of modern medicine and all it can do. But the miraculous effect of prayer…..now that is really what is at the heart of the matter!!

1 comment:

Mike and Julie said...

All is well? Prayers are a wonderful gift.