Sunday, January 17, 2010

Prayer in Founding of Medtronics

Prayer is referenced throughout our U.S. history (even though that facet of our history is not mentioned in textbooks these days). Even secular sources such as the National Archives, Architect of the Capitol, Library of Congress, and the Smithsonian. From the latter is an article about Wilson Greatbatch, the founder of Medtronics.

Wilson apparently was not always a religious man, but he had a change of heart while serving in WWII. According to the Smithsonian, "Amid all that seemingly random death, Greatbatch became religious and began carrying a Bible in his pants leg for each mission."

Not long after that he pondered some inventions he discovered and realized the life-saving potential. But following his instincts might put his family's well being at risk. But the article says, "I put it to the Lord in prayer and felt led to quit all my jobs..."

The rest is part of technological history in this country, and his devices have been a boon to patients with heart trouble. Had he not been a man of faith, would he have had the nerve to take such a risk?

Read the whole article from the Smithsonian website.

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