Advent 2021

Witness: Tuesday, December 7, 2021

Tuesday, December 7, 2021

Witness: Phil Kimble

Scripture: Deuteronomy 31:6

Weekly Theme:  Peace

I have had Hay Fever for as long as I can remember. It was awful in the Spring and Fall and moderate through the Summer. Its symptoms were running nose, itchy eyes, and sneezes. Then in the Spring, when I was turning 50, it manifested into coughing fits. 

Early one morning, I awoke with coughing, went into the bathroom, and closed the door in hopes of not awakening Bobbi. The coughing became violent, and I was on the bathroom floor gasping for air. Bobbi came in, terrified, and asked if she should call 911. I shook my head “yes,” but my thoughts were, “they cannot get here in time.” I was getting “no” air. Apparently, my esophagus had collapsed to the point that as I frantically gasped, it would close tighter. The more I coughed out and tried to suck in air, the more closed it became. I thought I was dying on the bathroom floor. I had coughed out all my air and could no longer get any. After calling 911, Bobbi stayed with me and continuously repeated The Lord’s Prayer out loud.

Then, as I lay on the floor, something told me to try to breathe in short relaxed breaths calmly. I tried and miraculously breathed in a bit of air. I tried again and got a little more air. I continued this technique until I was breathing normally again. The paramedics arrived, examined me, and took me to the hospital. I was subsequently diagnosed with Asthma, not Hay Fever, and have been treated for that ever since.

Amid my terror, a “voice” told me to calm down and not panic. It told me to take in tiny breaths of air and not gasp for air. I am convinced the “voice” was that of Jesus telling me to trust Him and follow His directions. 

Daily Prayer:  Lord God, we come before you seeking peace and calm. When we are overwhelmed with fear and worry, we are reminded of who you are and how much you care for us. Surround us with your Holy Spirit, comfort us, and provide us with peace. Amen

Discussion/Reflection Questions:

  1. Have you ever found yourself “at the end of your rope,” not knowing whom to turn to?
  2. Who has God put in your life to help you get through really tough times?
  3. Has your fear ever been so great that you felt you had no hope?

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