Class of 1956, Centerville High School, Centerville, IA

The Heart
From: Kim Tucker

Date:      Wed, 13 Jul 2005 09:09:39 -0400
From:     Kim Tucker
Subject:  The Heart

The Heart

          "Tomorrow morning," the surgeon began,

               "I'll open up your heart..."

            "You'll find Jesus there," the boy


           The surgeon looked up, annoyed "I'll

            cut your heart open," he continued,

              to see how much damage has been


          "But when you open up my heart, you'll

            find Jesus in there," said the boy.

          The surgeon looked to the parents, who

             Sat quietly. "When I see how much

            damage has been done, I'll sew your

          heart and chest back up, and I'll plan

                     what to do next."

          "But you'll find Jesus in my heart. The

              Bible says He lives there. The

           hymns all say He lives there. You'll

                  find Him in my heart."

          The surgeon had had enough. "I'll tell

             you what I'll find in your heart.

            I'll find damaged muscle, low blood

               supply, and weakened vessels.

        And I'll find out if I can make you well."

          "You'll find Jesus there too. He lives


                     The surgeon left.

       The surgeon sat in his office, recording his

    notes from the surgery, "...damaged aorta, damaged

      pulmonary vein, widespread muscle degeneration.

    No hope for transplant, no hope for cure. Therapy:

          painkillers and bed rest. Prognosis:, "

         here he paused, "death within one year."

          He stopped the recorder, but there was

          more to be said. "Why?" he asked aloud.

             "Why did You do this? You've put

        him here; You've put him in this pain; and

        You've cursed him to an early death. Why?"

           The Lord answered and said, "The boy,

              My lamb, was not meant for your

          flock for long, for he is a part of My

                flock, and will forever be.

       Here, in My flock, he will feel no pain, and

         will be comforted as you cannot imagine.

          His parents will one day join him here,

               and they will know peace, and

             My flock will continue to grow."

           The surgeon's tears were hot, but his

            anger was hotter. "You created that

          boy, and You created that heart. He'll

                 be dead in months. Why?"

          The Lord answered, "The boy, My lamb,

           shall return to My flock, for He has

           Done his duty: I did not put My lamb

   with your flock to lose him, but to retrieve another

                        lost lamb."

            The surgeon wept.. The surgeon sat

              beside the boy's bed; the boy's

      parents sat across from him. The boy awoke and

          whispered, "Did you cut open my heart?"

                 "Yes," said the surgeon.

            "What did you find?" asked the boy.

              "I found Jesus there," said the


         Author Unknown - Celebrate Jesus in 2005

             If you aren't ashamed to do this,

               please follow the directions

                       listed below:

          Jesus said, "If you are ashamed of me,

              I will be ashamed of you before

                       my Father.."

          I Am Not Ashamed. Pass this on only if

               you mean it. "Yes, I do Love

           God. He is my source of existence and

           Savior. He keeps me functioning each

           and everyday. Without Him, I will be

            nothing. Without him, I am nothing,

         but with Him I can do all things through

               Christ that strengthens me."

                        (Phil 4:13)

          This is the simplest test. If you Love

            God, and are not ashamed of all the

           marvelous things he has done for you.

              Send this to other people.


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  Writing Courtesy of Kim Tucker.  
Posted by James L. Steele, Monday, July 25, 2005.  

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Created: July 25, 2005 JSteele   From the Little Apple, Manhattan, KS
Updated: July 26, 2005 JSteele