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Blank Spaces

I just discovered some blank spaces in my perception. I began a gorgeous bike ride from The incredibly beautiful rim of Crater Lake Oregon. It was beautiful, downhill and everything was going smoothly. It was going to be an 87 mile ride through a beautiful chunk of creation. I vaguely remember awakening in an ambulance waiting for the med evac chopper.I remember pieces of the ride in the chopper. I don’t remember landing. There are many holes in my recollection of last Saturday. I am told that my life was saved by my helmet, the ranger who found me on the side of the road, and that most of the damage is focused on one section of my face. 

First of all, let me thank that ranger. My wife was the second person on the scene and the ranger was giving the bloody mess of my face CPR. Whoever you are I owe you my life and I am deeply grateful for your hard work in saving me. I know you were just doing your job, but your exemplary performance of your job means that my girls got to give me hugs today. 

EMTs: You don’t get nearly the credit you deserve for the work you do. The trauma you face every day means that people like me who can’t even remember any of your faces are here to read bedtime stories to their kids. Your professionalism got me transported stablely to the surgeons who could put me together again. Kudos friends, I owe you my life as well. The ER surgeons did an amazing job of putting my face back together and while I still look like a bloody mess, at least the blood is mostly scabs.

These holes in my memory are scary things. When I look at my bike, I know that something serious happened. I know that: that is indeed my shoe jammed in there like that, but somehow my foot is only lightly bruised. 

I know that yes, those forks are bent backwards and have no idea what kind of force would be needed to cause that degree of bend in metal. While these holes are explained with the word concussion, I still wonder what is in those gaps. I want to know what caused this so I can avoid that in the future. I really, really never want to regain consciousness in the back of an ambulance wondering how I got there. 

I have a long way to go towards health, and this will probably be a bit more than $10,000 out of pocket for the dental work and hospital stays. If you would like to help you can contribute at YouCaring.


Cultivating Gratitude

Hi Faithful Readers and Listeners,

I will be a little out of the loop for the next month since I am getting carpal tunnel surgery on both hands this coming Friday. There may be some posts, but don’t count on any kind of consistency or regularity until mid January. Thanks for your prayers and your concern. Now to our post:

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As we enter the Holiday season, I would like us to take the time to reflect on the many gifts and blessings that God has given us over the last year. We are pressured in the Holiday Season to do more, to rush more, to buy more, and so often I lose sight of just how blessed I am right now. Today I would to call us to practice the important spiritual discipline of gratitude. Often we spend time in gratitude over things and the ways God has provided, today I want to take you into a slightly different mental space, and talk about the ways we are blessed through our brothers and sisters. Paul writes to the community in Thessalonica:

12 Now we ask you, brothers and sisters, to acknowledge those who work hard among you, who care for you in the Lord and who admonish you. 13 Hold them in the highest regard in love because of their work. Live in peace with each other. 14 And we urge you, brothers and sisters, warn those who are idle and disruptive, encourage the disheartened, help the weak, be patient with everyone. 15 Make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong, but always strive to do what is good for each other and for everyone else.16 Rejoice always, 17 pray continually, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. I Thessalonians 5:12-18

  • Acknowledging those who work behind the scenes: Tammi Doty, Margaret Mankins, Carolyn Morse, Sheila Borgman, Gene Smith, Phil McLain, Leland Lee, and more.
  • Introduce the gratitude sheets and ask everyone to write at least one person’s name and reason for gratitude.
  • Live in “peace.” Shalom – right relationship
  • Warn- encourage – help, all requires patience.
  • Do not repay but do what is good for each other and everyone else. Tell the giving to an enemy story.
  • Rejoice, pray, give thanks – these are all connected and are all disciplines and make patience, etc. possible.