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Shaped by God - Thursday, March 2 - Lenten Devotional 2017

 Patti Jo HIbshman

Patti Jo HIbshman

Shaped by God
Thursday, March 2

Patti Jo Hibshman, member of RPC since 2016

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. - Philippians 4:6-7

One night, I stopped talking. My husband Dave thought I was angry with him. I couldn't figure out how to get the voice messages off our phone. Dave insisted on a trip to the Emergency Room. He thought I was having a stroke. It was a good thing I was there. They found a tumor in my brain the size of a tennis ball. The pressure caused a seizure. I had no symptoms or pain till I stopped talking.

I waited a month till the neurosurgeon could remove two benign tumors from my brain. The night before my surgery, choir members surrounded me and prayed for a safe outcome. It gave me great peace and comfort. My husband took loving care of me at home when my eyes swelled shut from aftereffects of the surgery. As I recovered, I knew God had a purpose for me.

I enrolled in a Parish Nurse Course and explored my faith with other nurses. I started a Health Ministry at our church. Together with two other nurses, we sponsored classes on healthy cooking, invited medical students to talk about Advanced Directives, took blood pressures, and counseled members on their health habits and medicines.

Our church was small and lacked resources, so I transitioned to doing Pet Therapy with my Labrador Retriever Mixed dog. Her name was Suzy Q. We were a team and visited at the local medical center both in the adult areas and in the Children's Hospital. Suzy Q loved the attention and I found joy in our visits. We also visited in schools and libraries where children would read to her. "Touching Lives and Warming Hearts" is the tagline for our KPETS (Keystone Pet Enhanced Therapy Services) Pet Therapy Volunteers who promote the healing and rehabilitating benefits of the human/animal bond.

God, thank you for faith, peace, health, and purpose. Amen.

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