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Friday, June 12, 2020

Espenshade farm
The baby corn is stretching toward the warm sun. Brooksyne often photographs this beautiful country setting at the end of our road as she walks the dogs.
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"Divine Cardioversion"

Message summary: Our land desperately needs a revival like the Great Awakening at the time of Jonathan Edwards. In fact I assert that it is our only hope for national restoration. The appeal of the Psalmist is so needed, "Will You not revive us again, that Your people may rejoice in You?"

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"Will You not revive us again, that Your people may rejoice in You?  Show us Your mercy, O Lord, and grant us Your salvation" (Psalm 85:6,7). "It was good for me to be afflicted so that I might learn Your decrees" (Psalm 119:71).

JK Mechanical AEDA common sight now found in many public places is the AED device (Automated External Defibrillator). The photo to the left shows one mounted on the wall at JK Mechanical, an HVAC company we serve as chaplains. In fact it's one of our companies we have recently resumed weekly visitation.

But notice the brand of the AED, "Reviver". I wonder how many consider the Biblical origins of that word!

Cardioversion is a medical procedure that restores a normal heart rhythm in people with certain types of abnormal heartbeats (arrhythmias). Cardioversion is usually done by sending electric shocks to your heart through electrodes placed on your chest.

Ester has been cardioverted more times than Brooksyne and I have keep track of, due to episodes of Atrial Flutter that does not resolve through medication. We still recall her first cardioversion experience at Boston Children's Hospital with a large group of Harvard medical students gathered around her.

After moving to Pennsylvania Ester had an episode treated at Hershey Medical Center.
Jim Gambini, our pastor at that time, talked to Ester (who was about 13 at the time) after the procedure and shared an illustration of her experience as a sermon illustration.

“When I talked with Ester after she got home from the hospital two days after her ordeal, I asked her, ‘Were you thankful for those paddles?’ At first she said ‘No.’ But when I asked her what might have happened if they hadn’t used the paddles, she said, ‘Well, I guess I am thankful for the paddles.’  You see, the pain she felt as her heart sped up warned her and motivated her as well as her parents and her doctors to do what needed to be done to fix the problem, namely shocking her heart back into proper rhythm.” That also caused pain but it was a "good pain".

Revival can also have pain. The word revive means "restore to life or consciousness". In the case of a heart attack, of course, the AED is used to shock the heart back to life.

But the word "revive" is initially a spiritual word found in the Bible having essentially the same meaning. As I looked at the AED I thought, wouldn't it be great if there was an ASD (automatic spiritual defibrillator).

Our land desperately needs a revival like the Great Awakening at the time of Jonathan Edwards. We especially believe this during these last several weeks with the increasing turmoil on so many levels. In fact we assert that it is our only hope for national restoration. The appeal of the Psalmist is so needed, "Will You not revive us again, that your people may rejoice in you?"

Today, join Brooksyne and me among others with a steadfast heart who declare, "Will You not revive us again, that your people may rejoice in You?"  In our day, in our time, may the Lord revive each of us as faithful followers of Christ. May the Lord send a revival leading many lost souls to faith in Christ, repentance of sins, and becoming faithful followers of Christ.

Be encouraged today,

Stephen & Brooksyne Weber

Thankful manDaily prayer: Father, we long to experience revival so that we will be renewed in mind, in spirit and in purpose. The journey seems long and the continual allurement to that which satisfies only for a season can turn our hearts away from the living waters that forever quenches our thirsty soul. Rekindle us with fire from above as You satisfy the longings of our soul and impassion us with the desire to reach the lost. And, Lord, may the rampant evil prevalent in our day not further the moral chaos throughout our land, but rather reveal our need to repent, Amen.

Note for medical people: Apparently cardioversion and defibrillation are similar but not completely synonymous. See here.

Today's Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources

"Revive Us Again"  Video  Gaither Vocal Band

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