Smile, Talk, Raise

Psalm 13:1, 2How long will you forget me, O Lord? Forever? How long will you look the other way when I am in need? How long must I be hiding daily anguish in my heart? How long shall my enemy have the upper hand (LB)?

Because I am not a medical person, I appreciate simple, easy to remember information that will help folks stay healthy. The new stroke guidelines, STR, qualify. STR stands for the words Smile-Talk-Raise. That is, if a person can’t smile, talk or raise their arms above their head, they are likely having a stroke. There is no time to waste. Call 911 immediately. I pray that I never need to use this medical information. Still, if the need arises, I know when to pick up the phone and call for help.

While I have not used STR in a medical way, I often need it for my spiritual life. There have been times when my outlook was just too dim. Unable (or unwilling) to smile (bad attitude), talk (give thanks) or raise my arms (praise), I chose depression, loneliness and fear. Thankfully I knew who to call. God’s 911 number is available to all of us.

Prayer: Father, help us remember you even when our thoughts are far from your saving grace. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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