Psalm 131


O Lord, my heart is not lifted up,

my eyes are not raised too high;

I do not occupy myself with things

too great and too marvelous for me.

But I have calmed and quieted my soul,

like a weaned child with its mother;

my soul is like the weaned child that is with me.


O Israel, hope in the Lord

from this time on and forevermore. (NRSV)


I came up dry as I thought to write a ‘Faith Matters’ this time

but then a daily devotional I receive from Fourth Presbyterian

Church in Chicago struck me.


So often, too often I am ‘busy’ with the numerous daily tasks

and responsibilities that fill our lives. I am blessed with good health.

Now that ‘it’ is over, and I am fully recovered, it strikes me that over

the past several years my energy levels, my enthusiasm for life, have been slowed.

I recall thinking that it felt like I was swimming against heavy water.


Why?  Because of these two grape sized parathyroid adenomas which

it turns out, have been growing for the past 5-8 years! Fortunately a

‘rare’ and benign condition, which God, in His wisdom, seems to have

planned for.  We each have 4 parathyroid glands, the size of a grain of

rice placed on the back side of our thyroids. We can function with only

a part of one.  Their function is to regulate the calcium levels in our blood

which allow all of the electrical functions in our bodies to work.


What a blessing to have a diagnosis! What a particular blessing to have

medical members of our immediate family research and find a specialty

center in Tampa, Florida that only deals with these issues. What a revelation

to make a decision to seek treatment there and to go to have the procedure

without a qualm or concern about the whole process.  Purely logical and

scientific?  NO!


“Oh Lord… things too great and  marvelous for me. ..I have calmed

and quieted my soul.. hope in the Lord from this time on and forevermore”

and sing praises and gratitude for ALL of His blessings.


Pat Sheafor, Author