An Amazing Heart Surgeon

There she was, an otherwise healthy woman, with heart disease in the operating room having open heart surgery. During the surgery, the ventilator helped her breathe while the heart-lung bypass machine oxygenated her blood. In all respects, the surgery was without complications. With her heart repaired, the surgeon restored blood flow. The warm flow of blood should have caused her heart to resume beating. Surprisingly, it did not. A mild electric shock was administered. Still no heartbeat.  A drug was given to restore her heartbeat. Still nothing.  Find out what happened and discover what it has to do with you.

The surgeon tried everything he was trained to do, albeit, without success. He feared losing the patient. It was time to try something extraordinary. The surgeon knelt down and whispered into her ear. He said “Your surgery was a success. I did all I could do. Now, it is up to you. Tell your heart to beat again.” Still, he and the medical team feared the worse. Suddenly, to their amazement, her heart started to beat. Crisis was averted. Life was restored!

I heard this story during a homily while I was recently in Florida. After mass, I asked  the pastor about its origin. He told me he had found the story on YouTube. He wasn’t sure where the story truly originated. That put me on a quest to find out. It also motivated me to share the underlying message with you.

It turns out that this story is real. To the best of my ability I have tried to convey what happened in that operating room. The story originated with a pastor in Ohio who had requested to be present in the operating room along with a heart surgeon who was a member of his congregation. After witnessing the events of that day, he subsequently recounted the story to a friend. That friend was pastor, singer and song writer, Randy Phillips of the music group Phillips, Craig and Dean. Inspired by the story, Randy wrote a song about it. More about that song later. First, let me explain what all of this has to do with you and me.

The woman in the story appeared to be in good health. Unbeknownst to her, inside she had a ticking time bomb. She, like so many other people in the United States, had undiagnosed heart disease. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States. Heart disease accounts for 1 in every 5 deaths. The woman in my story was fortunate that she received the medical attention she needed. Medical science tells us that there are many risk factors for  “physical heart disease.” Today, however, we are concerned with the risk factors that cause “spiritual heart disease.”

Spiritual heart disease is also very serious. There are way too many things in this broken world of ours that can crush our hearts and, spiritually speaking, cause them to stop beating. Perhaps right now you are suffering from some type of spiritual heart disease. The list of things that can crush our heart and spirit seems endless. Things like: grief, loneliness, family, marital and financial strife, past forms of physical, emotional, or sexual abuse or serious health issues can, at times, seemingly stop our hearts from beating. Mental and emotional health issues can also cause heartache and pain. Those struggling with alcohol, drug, gambling and sexual addictions are often forced to contend with a broken heart. Same for those who struggle with their sexual identity or with same sex attraction. One of the primary causes of spiritual heart failure is knowing that Jesus has forgiven our past sins, but being unable to accept His forgiveness and in turn, being unable to forgive ourselves. These and many more things can leave someone depressed, motionless, emotionally empty, and feeling as if their heart has stopped beating. Have you ever experienced this feeling?

The good news is Jesus is an amazing heart surgeon. He has a one hundred percent success ratio in healing the hearts of those who turn them over to Him. When Jesus says, “be not afraid” or “fear not,” He is in essence whispering the words, “Tell your heart to beat again.” Jesus is all we need to repair our damaged hearts. The unfortunate reality is that sometimes you and I allow the voice of the enemy to whisper louder than the voice of God. The enemy tells us we can’t go on. The enemy causes us to fear. The enemy causes us to despair. The enemy wants us to give up. He wants our hearts to die. In stark contrast, Jesus wants us to live. Not only does He want us to live, He wants us to live and experience joy in this life and He wants us to live with Him forever in the next.

Metaphorically speaking, we cannot lie motionless on the surgeon’s table. We cannot get stuck in our most difficult moments. We cannot allow ourselves to become paralyzed . We all have scars and failures, and we must all endure heartaches and pains throughout life. If at this moment, it feels as if your heart has stopped beating, close your eyes and picture Jesus kneeling down beside you to whisper the words, “Tell your heart to beat again!” Then take hold of His hand and allow Him to raise you up like He did the paralytic who was lowered into the room.

Now, going back to our story, I said Randy Phillips wrote a song about it. The song is, Tell Your Heart To Beat Again. I have included it below. I hope this popular Christian song touches your heart like it does mine

Heavenly Father, despite the pains of life that try hard to stop my heart from beating, I know you have sent your Son to save me. Help me to place all of my trust and faith in Him. Help me to get back up on my feet and walk again. In Jesus name I pray. Amen!


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Brian Pusateri
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  1. samuel dixon on February 11, 2023 at 8:49 pm

    Hi Brian
    I just came home from
    Mass and read your very touching letter which has special meaning for me and many others. I don’t know where you continue to get the inspiration but I guess I know. It’s been too long. I will call you tomorrow.

  2. Jane Ward on February 7, 2023 at 8:42 pm

    YOU, this message and the beautiful song are keepers. Thank you.

    • Brian Pusateri on February 8, 2023 at 3:34 am

      Thank you Jane! I am happy to know that you enjoyed the message and song.


  3. Roseanne Hunniford on February 7, 2023 at 9:17 am

    A very touching story.People need to hear of more miracles to feed their faith
    Thank you for sharing

    • Brian Pusateri on February 7, 2023 at 9:19 am


      Thank you for your post. Amen!


  4. Jim Nolan on February 7, 2023 at 8:53 am

    A beautiful story and a powerful song. Thanks so much for sharing, Brian. May God continue to bless your ministry. Jim

    • Brian Pusateri on February 7, 2023 at 8:55 am


      I am glad you were touched by it.


  5. Pat Kuech on February 7, 2023 at 6:49 am

    The story is a good inspiration to listen to our bodies in more ways than one. The heart is what keeps us going every day. Everyone has a goal in life and this doctor knew what path to take for this woman. What a true blessing he was to her and her family. Love your letters and look forward to them every week.

    • Brian Pusateri on February 7, 2023 at 7:33 am


      Always nice to hear from you. I hope you are doing well. May God’s blessing be with you this day and always!


  6. Susan Engelke on February 7, 2023 at 1:57 am

    Brian, I love this story and song. Will share it with Many others. Look forward to checking out your book. You are such an inspiration. Happy new Year and keep the 4th day letters coming. ❤️

    • Brian Pusateri on February 7, 2023 at 4:48 am


      Thank you for your kind words!


  7. Bob Davis on February 7, 2023 at 12:58 am


    Thank you for sharing your beautiful message and their inspiring song! Your letter touched me today and I am blessed by it. May we all do so well as to share with each other that which stirs our hearts and moves our souls closer to God.

    Bob Davis

    • Brian Pusateri on February 7, 2023 at 4:50 am


      I am glad to hear that the Holy Spirit touched you in this message. May God continue to bless your photography and your ministry.


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