2nd May 2018

Defibrillators

“He heals the broken-hearted and binds up their wounds.”
Psalm 147:3 (NIV)

A defibrillator is a device that gives a high energy electric shock to the heart through the chest wall to someone who is in cardiac arrest. This high energy shock is called defibrillation, and it’s an essential lifesaving step in the chain of survival. After a cardiac arrest, every minute without CPR and defibrillation reduces someone’s chance of survival by 10 per cent. [1] Many communities have installed a Defibrillator where it can be clearly seen by members of the public. The idea of using a Defibrillator is frightening for some, the weight of responsibility inhibits them, the price of doing nothing is worse. Each machine is equipped with a recording that gives full instructions. Time is of the essence, there is no allowance for nerves or lack of confidence when someone in front of you has just collapsed with a heart attack. The recent practice of having Defibrillators accessible within the community has saved lives.

Heart attacks remind us of how temporal we are. The psalmist wrote “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well” (Psalm 139:14). Life is transient and short, we need to consider the condition of our heart in a spiritual context. It is important that we do, as that is where God is looking. “But the Lord said to Samuel, ‘Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart’” (1 Samuel 16:7). God was not looking at the exterior but the interior – the heart.

Sadly, on occasion there are no second chances with a physical heart attack, this is where our spiritual heart is crucial. Our spiritual heart can also let us down, the prophet Jeremiah warned “The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?” In this context, the heart is a metaphor for our minds. As Christians, we need the defibrillation of Christ’s blood to forgive us and set us on the path of following Him. Jesus Christ heals broken hearts and minds – no matter the circumstance – He is waiting to hear from us. Christ created our heart and He will mend it.

Prayer
Loving Father, thank you for your divine healing of our broken hearts. Thank you for having a ‘heart’ for us by sending Jesus into this world to suffer and die for us.
Amen

Study by Irene Wilson

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About the Author:
Irene Wilson is a Deaconess in the Watford Congregation of the Worldwide Church of God UK, part of Grace Communion International, where she also serves on the Pastoral Council.

Local Congregation:
Worldwide Church of God Watford
St. Peter’s Church
61 Westfield Avenue
Watford, Herts.
WD24 7HF

Meeting Time:
Saturday 11AM

Local Congregational Contact:
George Henderson
Phone: 01923-855570
Email: george-sue.henderson@tesco.net

[1] https://www.bhf.org.uk/heart-health/how-to-save-a-life/defibrillators

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