[asa] touching story

From: Merv Bitikofer <mrb22667@kansas.net>
Date: Sat Dec 12 2009 - 16:18:15 EST

My niece forwards lot of stories to me that circulate the internet,
including pretty good ones like this one. I don't normally forward them
to anybody --especially if they ask to be forwarded. But this one I
will put on to the ASA list (minus the exhortation to forward it, of
course).

---Merv

"The Heart"

"Tomorrow morning," the surgeon
began,
"I'll open up your
heart..."

"You'll find Jesus there," the
boy interrupted.

the surgeon looked up, annoyed
"I'll cut your heart open," he
continued,
to see how much damage has
been done..."

"but when you open up my heart,
you'll find Jesus in there," said the
boy.

The surgeon looked to the parents,
who sat quietly. "When I see how
much damage has been done, I'll sew
your heart and chest back up, and I'll
plan what to do next."

"But you'll find Jesus in my heart. The
Bible says He lives there. The
hymns all say He lives there.
You'll find Him in my heart."

The surgeon had had enough. "I'll
tell you what I'll find in your heart.
I'll find damaged muscle, low
blood supply, and weakened
vessels. And I'll find out if I can make
you well."

"You'll find Jesus there too. He
lives there."

The surgeon
left.

The surgeon sat in his office,
recording his notes from the
surgery, "...damaged aorta, damaged
pulmonary vein, widespread
muscle degeneration.
No hope for transplant, no hope
for cure. Therapy:
painkillers and bed rest.
Prognosis:
here he paused, "death within one
year."

He stopped the recorder, but there
was more to be said. "Why?" he asked
aloud. "Why did You do this? You've
put him here; You've put him in this
pain; and You've cursed him to
an early death.
Why?"

The Lord answered and said, "The
boy, my lamb, was not meant for
your flock for long, for he is a part
of My flock, and will forever
be. Here, in My flock, he will feel no
pain, and will be comforted as
you cannot imagine.

His parents will one day join him
here, and they will know peace,
and My flock will continue to
grow.."

The surgeon's tears were hot, but
his anger was hotter. "You created
that boy, and You created that heart.
He'll be dead in months.
Why?"

The Lord answered, "The boy, My
lamb, shall return to My flock, for He
has done his duty: I did not put My
lamb with your flock to lose him, but
to retrieve another lost lamb."
The surgeon
wept...
 

The surgeon sat
beside the boy's bed; the boy's
parents sat across from him. The boy awoke and whispered, "Did you
cut open my heart?"

"Yes," said the surgeon.
"What did you find?" asked the boy.

"I found Jesus there," said the surgeon.

Author Unknown -
Celebrate Jesus in 2009

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