With these two words on Friday evening, the ER doctor soberly explained that I have blood clots in both my lungs again (Bilateral pulmonary embolism for the medically minded).

Just as it was three years ago, I was sitting comfortably at home with my family when a searing chest pain spread from my lower chest up to my neck with a suffocating sensation. Probably originated from a clot in my leg again, though this time there was no leg pain to warn me.

After a couple of days in hospital, I’m now home, stable, and on blood thinners to dissolve the clots and prevent further ones.

I’m taking some time off blogging and other public activities to rest, to spiritually process what’s happened, and to prayerfully discern God’s message to me in this painful yet merciful providence. This post is just to briefly explain my absence.

In my shock and confusion in the early hours of Saturday morning I opened YouVersion on my phone to find the verse for the day was Psalm 68v19:

Blessed be the Lord, Who daily loads us with benefits, The God of our salvation!

I then read verse 20.

Our God is the God of salvation; And to GOD the Lord belong escapes from death.

What more can I say?

  • Guy


    I have never met you but you have been encouraging me through your blogs for the last couple of years. Thank you. Praying for you during this season, as your faith is deepened through the strengthening work of affliction. Grace and peace -

  • Anita

    Prayers and thoughts go out to you. Take this season of rest and may it be instrumental in growing yet closer to the Lord. Psalm 143: 5-8.

  • Kendall

    Praying for healing, peace, and that God is glorified within you and all of us.

  • Christine

    Praying for you and Shona and your family. We’ve lost touch through the years but appreciate your blog very much.

  • Dale Tedder

    The Lord bless you brother. I shall keep you in my prayers.

  • Les

    I’m praying for you that the Lord will give you His peace that surpasses all understanding and that you will be assured of His provision.

  • Dan Phillips

    Ah, brother, sorry to hear it. Will be praying for you.

  • Tony

    David….We have never met…but I have gotten to know you through reading your blog over the last couple years. You have helped me grow as a Christian. I am sorry to hear about the health issues and am praying that you will find the comfort and peace that only God can provide. Take some time off….seek HIs will and how He wants you to grow. Be blessed and rejoice in all circumstances.

  • Evelyn MacIntyre

    Wondered where you were yesterday! We are praying for you, David.

  • Rebecca Stark

    I am so sorry! May God give you—and your family, too—peace and joy in this trial.

  • Mary VanDoodewaard

    Praying for you, Dr. Murray.

  • http://www.jonstallings.com/ Jon Stallings

    Glad you are back home David, praying for a quick recovery. Be good and rest :)

  • D. Demaree


    I really appreciate your blog and your solidly Biblical comments. Thanks for the update on your health. I’m very sorry to hear of your blood clots. May the Lord show mercy and bring healing. I pray the Lord will bless his church with many more years of ministry from you.

  • a.

    “What more can I say?”
    I will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress, My God, in whom I trust! The Lord is my strength and
    my shield; My heart trusts in Him, and I am helped; Therefore my heart exults, and with my song I shall thank Him. Ps 28:7 ;91:2

    Blessings to you.

    The steadfast of mind You will keep in perfect peace, because he trusts in You.Trust in the Lord forever , for in God the Lord,we have an everlasting Rock. Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on
    your own understanding. Isa 26:3-4; Prov 3:5

  • Kim Shay

    So thankful that you were able to get into the ER in a timely manner. Will be praying for you and your family.

  • Cheri Bruvold

    So sorry to this. You have been a blessing to me with your writing, both book and blog. I am praying for you.

  • Mike Dykstra

    Thinking of and praying for you and your family. Psalm 119:71

  • Jessica

    I’m so sorry to hear this. I will be praying for you.

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  • http://www.ceeusa.blogspot.com Paula

    Prayers for you!! After reading your last post on saying no, I was wondering if the Lord might be helping you say no to some things. Rest up!

  • http://veritaemedicinae.blogspot.com/ Christopher Bogosh

    Brother, I prayed for you this morning.

  • Paul Carine Bakker

    Praying for you and your dear family, David. God is good!

  • David Murray

    Thank you for all your good wishes and prayers. Much needed and much appreciated.

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