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The Wounded Warrior (2 of 6)
Series: Man Up
Pastor Jeff Schreve
If you have your Bibles, please turn to Psalm 147. We want to look at just a couple of verses and talk about this subject today in our series, “Man Up: God’s Guide to Real Manhood.” I want to talk to you today about “The Wounded Warrior.”
Psalm 147 says this: “Praise the LORD, for it is good to sing praises to our God; for it is pleasant and praise is becoming. The LORD builds up Jerusalem. He gathers the outcasts of Israel. He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.”
In 1994, I was playing basketball, church- league basketball in Houston. And, I went up to block a shot, and when I jumped, I heard inside, in my body, in my ears, I heard a terrible noise. It sounded almost like someone would've slammed-closed a drawer. You know how you just kind of slam a drawer? That’s what it sounded like to me. You know, when you get hurt playing sports, everything kind of starts moving in slow motion. And I thought, That’s a weird sound, and that’s not good. And then, the pain hit, and it was serious, severe pain. And I went down in a heap. Nobody hit me. I just jumped up and when I did, my patella tendon, that thick tendon in your knee, that thing snapped in half. And it was really, really bad. I didn’t know what I did at that time. I’ve since snapped the other one and I knew exactly what happened when I did that. And, asked my doctor one time, “Why does this happen?” And I asked Dr. Cleverger, she said, “Bad protoplasm. Blame your parents!” And so I said, “Okay.” And, asked my orthopedic surgeon, I said, “Why does this happen?” He said, “Catastrophic failure.” They don’t know why it happens. It just happened. But I remember the first time. I didn’t know what had happened. I just knew I was in terrible pain and I couldn’t walk. You know, when you tear your patella tendon, it’s kind of like tearing your Achilles tendon. It’s like cutting the string on a puppet. And then, that thi ...
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