Thankful for a root canal?

“Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”

1 Thessalonians 5:8 is a scripture passage that can be very easily misunderstood. There are many things in life that I am not thankful for. Fortunately, I’m not told to be thankful for every situation, but rather in every situation. In even the most difficult circumstances of life, we can find things to be thankful for, whether it be the resources to handle the crisis or the support of family and friends through it.

That being said, I am actually thankful that early Monday morning I’m going to be having a root canal! How can that be? Thankful for a root canal? Am I crazy?

No, I would rather not have to have a root canal, but considering the other possibilities that crossed my mind after I discovered a lump on my gum a few weeks ago, I’m quite delighted that the problem is only an abscessed tooth and that the solution is as common as a root canal. You see, this is something that happens to ordinary mortals, not just cancer patients!

So, yes, as crazy as it sounds, I’m thankful for a root canal!

It isn’t going to be a simple procedure which is why it’s being done by an endodontist, a root canal specialist. The roots of this particular tooth are fused together. Apparently that’s not terribly uncommon, but it can make the procedure more complicated and it’s something my own dentist didn’t feel comfortable tackling. In spite of that, I’m still feeling


Have you ever been thankful for something as crazy as a root canal?


10 thoughts on “Thankful for a root canal?

  1. Good luck with your dental work. I am thankful I got Lyme disease. I got treatment, and it made me realize how important it is to look after my health and work to stay strong as I age. Consequently, I am healthier than I’ve been in years. I thank God for helping me through it.

    • Not too many people could say that they’re thankful for Lyme disease, but I’m so glad that you can see the positive aspects of your experience. Praise the Lord for being with you in the midst of such difficult circumstances!

  2. thank God. I was praying that was what it was. It happened to me and sounded like the same thing but one just never knows. The most painful part of a root canal is the cost. Endodontists are great at their job – you’ll be in good hands.

    • Yes, the cost is a bit astounding, especially since the benefit plan that we’re on in retirement doesn’t cover as much as our previous one would have, but I’m thankful that we have what we need to cover surprises like this one.

  3. So glad it was a root canal needed and not something more serious. Yes, we must learn to be thankful in all circumstances for the glory of God.

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