One Minute Past Midnight

2021-12-31 One Minute Until MidnightThere is something sobering about getting a couple phone call messages, texts and emails from your favorite doctor concerned with your latest lab results, especially on December 30, so close to the year’s end.  Sobering, but not frightening, as it may be for those who do not have hope in Jesus.  I know where I am going and I know the One who knows the way. (John 14:1-4)

All six of my strokes since 1999 have been ischemic (clot) strokes, meaning my body likes to throw coagulated blood at my brain.  But getting a lab result that suddenly and without warning shows one’s ‘blood-thinning’ medication makes you at significant risk of a hemorrhagic (bleeding) stroke is cause for concern.  No changes in diet, no alterations in activities, no travels to strange lands (like Norway 😉), no deviations in sleep nor major stresses; so why the drastic change in medical results that two weeks ago were fine?

Suddenly my mortality faces me like an impressive off-season Halloween costume, trying to scare me by telling me I could have died this week if a significant blow had struck me, or I had fallen with just a simple trip on the sidewalk.  But the Spectre does not alarm me; death has lost its victory; the grave has lost its sting because my life is hidden in Jesus, the Christ, and nothing will happen to me that my loving Lord does not allow for my good, even it the event is to take me Home. (1 Corinthians 15:50-57)

So as 2021 comes to its finale, I consider the New Year’s Resolution I made in 1969 at 18 years old and have faithfully kept every New Year: “Resolved, I will never make another New Year’s Resolution!”

This is not to suggest that we should not look back at the fading year and evaluate what we could or should have done differently.  Nor does it mean that we should not plan some improvements and developments in the approaching New Year.  However, as noted on , most resolutions do not make it to January 31!  And none of us has any guarantee of tomorrow, much less the whole year ahead.  Whether one runs like James Fixx or manages one’s food with self-control like Ang, there are no warranties we can claim any more than righteous Job.

Thus, I encourage you at this changing of the days to consider your life: its value, its impact on others, its final destination.  And walk in fear of The God Who Is, one who loves you more than we can grasp in this life, and who has revealed Himself most clearly in the God-Man, Jesus. (Hebrews 1:1-3)

Then you will not fear when the clock turns to midnight, just because one minute after midnight you could find yourself in His arms and in His kingdom in Heaven.

2021-12-31 One Minute Past Midnight

Happy New Year to all who are reading this, and with all my heart I hope to meet you someday around the Throne of God to praise Him together.

yours and His,
c.a.

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A Prayer of Moses, the man of God; Psalm 90

1 Lord, you have been our dwelling place in all generations.
Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever you had formed the earth and the world,
    from everlasting to everlasting you are God.
3 You return man to dust and say, “Return, O children of Adam!”
For a thousand years in your sight are but as yesterday when it is past,
    or as a watch in the night.
5 You sweep them away as with a flood; they are like a dream,
    like grass that is renewed in the morning:
in the morning it flourishes and is renewed; in the evening it fades and withers.
7 For we are brought to an end by your anger; by your wrath we are dismayed.
You have set our iniquities before you, our secret sins in the light of your presence.
9 For all our days pass away under your wrath; we bring our years to an end like a sigh.
10 The years of our life are seventy, or even by reason of strength eighty;
yet their span is but toil and trouble; they are soon gone, and we fly away.
11 Who considers the power of your anger, and your wrath according to the fear of you?
12 So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom.
13 Return, O Lord! How long? Have pity on your servants!
14 Satisfy us in the morning with your steadfast love,
    that we may rejoice and be glad all our days.
15 Make us glad for as many days as you have afflicted us,
    and for as many years as we have seen evil.
16 Let your work be shown to your servants, and your glorious power to their children.
17 Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us, and establish the work of our hands upon us;
    yes, establish the work of our hands!

33 thoughts on “One Minute Past Midnight

    1. Hmm, “keep calm but alarmed?” 😜 How do I do THAT!? 😂
      As I noted in the blog, I am not alarmed, but sober. I just want to see why my INR (the measure of how warfarin is affecting my clotting ability) has gone so high, meaning that right now my blood will not clot for a looong time if I get a cut or injury. Also, it raises a risk that if I exert myself, I could hemorrhage if a blood vessel in my brain broke. So I am following the doctor’s advice regarding how to adjust my warfarin, and we will check with both a finger-stick measure and a lab draw of my blood on Tuesday to see if my INR is closer to my appropriate range (2.0-3.5)
      Thanx, Sunil, for your good wishes and I am praying you will experience the goodness of The God Who Is this year, as well.
      ❤️&🙏, c.a.

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      1. Out of ‘the woods’ now, but still having to monitor weekly for a few more weeks. But if Father ever decides to call me Home, I certainly won’t mind. But for my Anita’s sake, I hope He lets me stay here about 15 more years. 😉

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  1. When most people are looking at funny cat videos, eating Christmas leftovers and getting Happy NY texts, you’re getting calls, texts and emails from your doctor about results. I can see the sobering effect that would have.

    So your bloods were okay a couple of weeks ago, but now they suggest the blood thinners you take are putting you at risk of hemorrhagic stroke? I didn’t even know there was a result that could indicate a risk for that. What was the upshot from your doctor? Did he comment on his thoughts, make any suggestions?

    I’m just so sorry because this is disturbing and unnerving when it comes out of the blue rather like this, and yet your approach and your response to it is impressive. It shows your faith and compassion and hope. Never let those go.

    It is something I have thought of on different occasions. When you come close to dying as well it can really hit you in the face. Sometimes we need a reason to make us step back, see a bigger perspective, focus on what matters.

    Sending my very best wishes your way. I know you have God by your side and your faith in Him will comfort you, but please go careful and easy on yourself, too. I also wish you and yours a safe (and healthier) 2022 🙏💜🥳

    Caz xx

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    1. Thanx, Caz! This means SO much coming from someone who understands medical implications so well.
      I took a Vitamin K tab, 100mcg, because that is the factor warfarin interferes with to make the INR (International Normalization Ratio) go up; more Vit K and it should go down; doc said to stop Warfarin for three days and resume again on Sunday and check with a lab on Tuesday.
      I prefer the word “sobering” because it really is not disturbing nor unnerving. His really does have my life in His hands. My prayer for you is that someday you will trust Jesus for eternal life, and you will have that same assurance.
      ❤️&🙏, c.a.

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  2. You are blessed and you have counted your blessings with the thankfulness most deserving. You are a testimony. May God bless you more to lift up others in our end-time spiritual warfare. Best wishes, peace and love for the new year.

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  4. One of the good things for me the past year has been reading your insights and interacting with you. Thank you for punctuating 2021 with thoughtful and caring conversations. Happy New Year, C.A.

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  5. My family has a predisposition toward thick blood clotting. A normal blood test is 2.5, but mine runs to a thicker 1.5 without warfarin ( a common blood-thinning medication). I have my blood examined about every 4 weeks and must also wear a compression stocking on my affected left leg.
    Wishing you the best of health in 2022!

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    1. Not sure to what blood test you are referring? INR, International Normalization Ratio, is a calculated number based on several factors including Warfarin in the blood and PT and PTT times (prothrombin and partial thrombplastin). Normal is .95-1.15; therapeutic value for clot prevention is 2.0-3.0. Mine was 8.0! High risk of hemorrhage, but blood pressure is good, so less a problem.
      Let me know if you come through Lex again.

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      1. That is indeed the test, 2.0 – 3.0 is what I aim for, lately it’s been on the low (thick) side. Largest INR I’ve tested was about 5.1 — and that is over many decades, actually since the mid 1990s. Good luck on getting back into the 2 to 3 range.
        I need to check on my next dental visit, somewhen in January at 9:00, will check on Monday.
        Meanwhile, have an absolutely fantastic 2022.

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      2. Three weeks ago, my INR was a slightly thick 1.8. I had it measured
        Tuesday and the INR had thinned to a slightly thin 3.2. I had missed the magic 2.0 to 3.0 by the same amount. Warfarin is crazy stuff.

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      3. Yeah, it seems like if you breathe differently this week than you did last, it will affect the INR! But the alternatives of newer generation anticoagulants have no mechanism for measuring IF they are working! (???) I have to do a lot of reading on this to understand, but not changing any time soon. Beside, warfarin therapy CAN be reversed by vitamin K; the new generation drugs do not have a reversal mechanism if they get out of whack.

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  6. In the brief time that I have had the privilege to interact on a blog basis 🙂 I have been blessed by His ministration through you. I am up in years as well, I go to funerals at a much higher rate than ever before. Eternity is nearer every day and in that growing recognition life is lived differently.

    Resolutions means little unless His Spirit is the author of them. Change comes from Him and it is that dependence on Him which alleviates the striving. It has taken many years to slow down and taste the wisdom of God and the grace of God in His other children and I am thankful for having come across your blog.

    May you keep close to Him. and may He continue to prepare us for our coming home.

    Love you brother!
    BT

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  7. “One Minute Past Midnight”, a final stroke that will chime on each soul’s clock one day.

    Thanks ca for both the sobering reminder of our mortality, and the joyous expectation of the Rev.21:4 eternity that awaits together forever for those who know Him.

    “Here, there, or in the air” all the best for all of His very best for you and yours in 2022 Brother.

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