I was on the tennis court, ready to receive serve, when I felt dizzy. The next thing I hear are the radio voices of emergency personnel as I am being wheeled to the waiting ambulance. That set me on an unplanned crash course on heart disease that included knowing symptoms of heart failure.
Contrary to my thinking, heart failure does not necessarily mean heart stoppage and instant death. It just means the heart is failing to do its job. Evidently, it can show up in different people in different ways. For me, the telltale sign was shortness of breath.
Spiritual heart failure is a serious matter as well, one which plagues us all. The heart doesn’t do it its job of loving God or neighbor. It tends to be lethargic and increasingly disinterested in the things of God.