This Is What I've Learned...From Being A Heartbeat Away

November  2022
  I’m sure you’ve seen those medical ads on television that say, “Today is the day your heart attack arrives.” Well, on the night of September 18th, mine did!

   I remember the day began like any other day…the 18th of  September was a Sunday, and I was out on the road in ministry, with two services to perform that morning, and then a short two-hour drive to Nashville, Tennessee later on that afternoon for a week of scheduled songwriting, and business appointments. 

   But that evening, after enjoying a birthday party for my eldest grandson, at my son’s home, when I went to bed, while lying down, I began to sense a strange metallic taste in my mouth, which then triggered a tightness on both sides of my neck, traveling downward into my chest, that felt like the jaws of a giant clamp around my heart. At first I thought it might just be indigestion, but then intuitively realized that this was something more. So I headed to the kitchen to get a drink of water, find an aspirin, and called out for my son…but when my son and daughter in law came into the room, I quickly found myself on the way to the hospital.
   After arriving at the emergency room, the doctor, and the staff began adamantly working on me, hooking me up to an IV, along with various machines to determine what was occurring.  Then, I ...

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