In the midst of some of my hardest days, I was driving home from Austin when I began to have chest pains so terrific I could not catch my breath. The pain became so intense I pulled over and called a medical friend who quickly diagnosed a panic attack brought on by my intense grief. The pain was real--even when there was no damage to my heart--I seriously doubt a myocardial infarction could be any more painful. I was absolutely debilitated for a period of time.
I am thankful God has been by my side every step of the way--the good, the bad, and the ugly have not driven Him from me. I am thankful though I know I was in pain--I no longer feel that intense pain. I am thankful for the scars on my heart that remind me of His faithful presence and comfort. I am thankful for the hope for tomorrow and the joy of today. I am thankful.
The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.