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New Life:Post Hip Replacement

“…do not be unbelieving, but believe.”

(John 20: 27b)

After years of pain, some months ago through prayerful discernment I decided to go forward with total hip replacement. At first I was hoping that if I just strengthened the muscles in my leg I would be able compensate for the chronic hip pain. It became apparent months later that physical therapy would not be enough.

“O Lord, I will trust in you! (Ps. 55:24c)

I initially struggled with the decision to replace a part of my body that God had given to me, but I eventually found peace with the decision. I prayed in thanksgiving that God had given the knowledge and understanding to my doctor to perform this surgery. I thought about those soldiers severely wounded in combat in need of new limbs and I gave thanks for them. I thought about those injured in accidents that needed a new hip and I gave thanks.

“Splendor and majesty go before him;

praise and joy are in his holy place.” (1 Chr.16:27)

I have simply been blessed by those who came before me in need of this prosthesis surgery. I have also been blessed because I had information about an awesome surgeon who saw the value in keeping up with the latest surgical procedures. I give thanks for his talent and dedication.

The timing of my surgery, right after Easter Sunday, is highlighting the Resurrection for me. Jesus came that we might have life everlasting, that we might live to the fullest our call. For me the success of this surgery has been a tiny splinter of the resurrection. I have been healed and given a new life without hip pain and hindered mobility.

I rejoice in the Lord!

In times like this you have the opportunity to be touched by prayers and nourished by those who prepare food for you. I would also like to express how wonderful and attentive my husband has been to me during this time of recovery.

I invite you to look for the little resurrections in your own life and give thanks for them.

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