Thanksgiving blessing: After medical crisis, grateful to be alive

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As we celebrate Thanksgiving Day, I’ve been reflecting on all the things for which I’m thankful. This year, I’m grateful simply to be alive.

If you had asked me a few months ago if I’m grateful to be alive, I’d have truthfully answered, “Yes.” But I’m not sure that it hit me the same way it does now, to be deeply grateful for God’s preservation of my life.

You see, a few months ago, I almost died.

On July 20, I arrived at Singapore’s airport intending to be there a few hours while I waited for my connecting flight on my way to Vietnam for vacation. Instead of catching my flight, I had a serious medical crisis: I suffered a cardiac arrest.


There in the airport, people performed CPR on me for 59 (!) minutes. They administered six shocks to my heart to get it going again. It’s easy to imagine a CPR team giving up before the 59th minute. But they continued, and their work and perseverance saved my life.

A cardiologist I later spoke with couldn’t quite bring himself to use the word “miracle” but he

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