Sunday, June 10, 2018
Good morning to friends and readers of TheFridayLetter.com. An unexpected event occurred. Some have called and emailed wondering why TheFridayLetter.com of Friday, June 8, 2018 was not posted. Desiring to advance the gospel truths of Christ, and not calling attention to personal issues, I yet owe you an explanation. My health has changed.
This past Tuesday, June 5, 2018, I suffered a heart attack, but didn’t recognize it as such and put off going to the doctor. When the chest pain persisted Wednesday morning, and at the urging of my wife and our children, I consented and went to the nearest hospital. (Here a word of caution to you, the reader, my EKG registered normal, but all was not normal. A blood test revealing the release of certain enzymes the heart releases upon a heart attack was the confirming factor.)
On Wednesday I was transferred from the first hospital to the second, where doctors performed heart catheter and ultrasound tests which confirmed a 95% blockage in one artery and 80% in another. Because of the dye used in those tests doctors said they had to wait until the dye was flushed from my kidneys before advancing to the final procedure to open the blockage.
Friday, June 8, 2018 at about noon, doctors installed two stents in the blocked arteries. I suffered significant chest pain for the next eight to ten hours, but the faithfulness of my personal Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, a chorus of prayer ascending to the Father, and the wisdom He gave doctors, preserved my life for continued life with my wife and children, Christian ministry and sharing life-changing truths of the gospel, and calling attention to the end-time imminent tribulation.
Please know my heart-felt thanksgiving for your many prayers offered on my behalf during this difficult time. Lord willing, next Friday, June 15, 2018, TheFridayLetter.com will continue to the glory, honor, praise and majesty of King Jesus, the eternal God, the Maker of all things, the One to whom we must all give a personal account, the Giver of eternal life for all who believe Him.
Marlin J. Yoder