Wednesday, January 06, 2010
After 19 Years I Missed ONE!
I entered the full time ministry on Mother's Day 1991. In the 19 years that have followed I have never been so sick on a Sunday that I have had to miss a regular Sunday service...until last Sunday!
Sometime Saturday I began feeling a bit ... awkward! By Saturday evening I was in the full "throws" of the intestinal flu. By 3 AM Sunday my stomach, feeling left out, joined the party and by 6 AM, I was convinced that I would die before 7 AM.
At 6:30 I made the call to my Deacons that I was not going to be able to preach. I have never had to make that call EVER before! That is not to say I've never been sick or had a migraine headache, but I have always been able to muddle through. Not Sunday!
Even when I broke my ankle a couple of years ago, I was able to preach. I may have had to sit, but I could have preached! The only reason I didn't was because while I was still in the hospital, my very good friend John Murray, told the Chairman of our Deacons, that he would fill the pulpit for me.
Oh well, Now I start over...at this pace I will not miss another regular Sunday service until...January 2029! I'll only be 67 years old! I think I can do it!!!