new heart also will I give you,
and a new spirit will I put within you:
and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh,
and I will give you a heart of flesh."
Like A Newborn Babe
In 1994, Jim Gleason underwent a life-saving heart
transplant at age 51. After one of the most extreme
surgeries imaginable, many asked how it felt to live
with a new heart. His analogy was " . . . like being
born again, but with 50 years of memories and
experiences built in . . ."
He tells of coming home just ten days after his
transplant. He wanted to go for a short walk around the
yard. Accompanied by his daughter, he gazed in wonder at
the green grass after weeks of hospital-room walls.
I stopped walking. "Look at that!" I exclaimed to Mary.
I was pointing to our small maple tree, so vibrant with
the colors of that crisp, clear fall day. Then I spied a
grasshopper and, like a young child, exclaimed in glee,
"Look at that! A grasshopper!!"
Her response, in disbelief to my reaction, was almost
sarcastic, "Well, if that's exciting, look here ~ a lady
After four years with his new heart, Jim still
cherishes life's simple pleasures. And when is the
danger of losing that gift greatest? "As friends and
family wish you would return to being normal," he
reflects. "I struggle to never become 'normal' in that
With God's help, we too can walk in newness of life ~
no surgery required. May we always give thanks that we
don't have to be "normal."
Serving in Love,
Giving God the Glory in Every Thing!