On April 27, 2020 I posted my first article on this blog. Ten days later I posted my last article on this site. I had hoped for so much more. This blog is as much about personal discipline and development as it is about influencing others.
So what happened. I suppose that the few people who read this will already know what happened, but just in case… here it goes.
In the middle of May of 2020 I underwent the first of two surgeries; the second being a month later. As I was recuperating, I told myself it would be okay to suspend my blog until early July. However, in late June my health began to go south. The problem didn’t appear to have anything to do with the surgeries. A gradually increasing list of symptoms started to manifest themselves, including loss of appetite (I know that is really hard to believe about me), significant weight loss, breathlessness upon very slight exertion, muscle weakenss, and some cognitive and neurological difficulty.
By the middle of August and after two visits to the ER for dehydration among other things, my primary physician put me in the hospital hoping to be able to find out more quickly via a slew of tests what in the world was bothering me. Five days, 6 specialists, and umpteen tests of various kinds later, I was discharged without any answer.
I still don’t have an answer. Shortly after the beginning of 2021, I slowly started to feel better. Now I feel much better but still have some weakness and will find myself out of breath after a just bit of physical exertion.
It has really only been the last few months that I have felt strong enough to engage life more fully and take on some commitments. I’m both humbled and excited that I was just ordained as a Ruling Elder at my PCA church. Having been a pastor, and expecting that I would be a pastor until God called my home, I never expected to have such a responsibility as a layman, and I’m a bit surprised how much it means to me.
So now, I also recommit myself to this blog which involves studying, praying, writing, and hopefully dialoguing. I will aim for 2 – 3 posts a week, though initially they may come more quickly as I have been thinking a lot about this recently.
For those who read this blog before, there are at least 10 of you out there, and who dare to start reading it again, I offer my thanks.
Your comments, critical insights, and ideas are most welcome. Let’s trust each other to be both honest and kind. Together we can prove that it can be done.