A few weeks ago my 12 year old greyhound Prince Harry’s mouth was diagnosed with infection. The remedy was to put him under anesthesia and remove the teeth causing the infection. Being such an old dog, they ran extra blood tests to ensure his ability to handle being knocked out. Everything came back perfect except a test that screens for heart disease. His values were higher than the recent temperatures in Phoenix.
This result threw the dental surgery out of the window, and the only thing we could do was keep him on anti-biotics for the rest of his life and hope the infection doesn’t move towards his heart. The amazing vet (Dr B. at the Complete Pet Animal Hospital ) suggested we have an echocardiogram performed to see what level of heart disease he had, and what medications he might need to be on. Ug! Due to vacation, Harry finally got his echocardiogram done about 2 weeks after the blood results. You could imagine the amount of somberness and praying Denise and I did over Harry while we were on vacation.
Amazingly, the ultrasound of the heart showed it as completely normal. In the doctor’s words “his heart is dynamite”.
He mentioned it’s very rare for a dog with the values from that blood test to have a perfect heart, and he was very pleasantly surprised as it was not what he was expecting.
Therefore he was cleared for surgery which happened last Friday and everything went great. Here he is waking up in Dr B’s lap.
Sometimes it’s so easy to look over blessings as blessings and see them as entitlements, or write them off completely. At first I didn’t see Harry’s heart as a blessing, but when I thought more about it, I am convinced this was a work of God, and a blessing passed down onto Harry. It almost went un-noticed. Who says God doesn’t do miracles anymore ? In that weekend’s service at Central Christian, Pastor Cal mentioned “Gratitude begins where your sense of entitlement ends”. Sometimes we forget to “give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”
Formula of the Week
Level of Gratitude = Your Attitude
Question of the Week
When/what was the last blessing you received, or overlooked at one time? Did you give thanks, or did you feel entitled to it? Drop us a comment and let us know.