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Breathing Debt

After the 93 year old man in Italy got better in the hospital, he was told to pay for the use of the ventilator for one day.

The old man cried. The doctor tried to console the elderly man not to cry over the bill. But what the old man said made the doctor cry.

The grandpa said, “I don’t cry because of the money I have to pay. I can pay all the money. I cry because I have been breathing God’s air for 93 years but I never pay for it. It takes 5000 Euros to use a ventilator in a hospital for one day. Do you know how much I owe God? I didn’t thank God for that before.”

My fishing buddy sent me this story. The truth of the story cannot be verified, but the words of the grandpa are worth our somber reflection.

When we breathe the air freely without pain or difficulty, no one takes the air seriously. Only when we enter the hospital can we know that even breathing oxygen with a ventilator costs money.

Thank God for clean air.

Thank God for healthy lungs.

Thank God you can breathe freely.

Don’t wait until these are gone before you thank Him. It is God who gives us the breath of life.

The Bible in Acts 17:25 says, “And He (God) is not served by human hands, as if He needed anything. Rather, He Himself gives everyone life and breath and everything else.”

We owe to our Creator, Redeemer and Sustainer God, our life and breath.

Join me to take a deep breath and say, “Thank You, God.”

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