Today was the absolute atithesis of the last few days. i was able to walk to the easter egg hunt with the kids, barbecue hamburgers, walk with Laura for a mile or so and take the kids to Reed's Kone Korner. It seemed like a day that I would have had before my stroke. I know that it does not take away from the stroke, but I was able to do everything. It was good for me to be outside today. I think that I was just have an extended "pity party" for the last few day. Like I said, there was nothing wrong physically with me, I just did not feel right emotionally. Today was totally different and I feel much better. Maybe dying Easter Eggs with my kids hit the spot, too.
It has been nearly 6 years since I have updated this blog; my apologies. For those that had been following for some time, since I last posted: I stepped down as Senior Pastor at New Covenant church in Knoxville, I moved to Ankeny, Iowa, started a new ministry with St. Croix hospice as Chaplain. I was chaplain with St. Croix for about 4 1/2 years, then in 2020 I moved back to Stratford to pastor First Baptist church. It was a big change going from chaplain work back to the pastorate. I must confess, when I first came (back) to Stratford I was ready to pastor again! I love preaching; I love the ministry of being a pastor, and I love interacting with people long-term. (Being a chaplain is great, but you only interact with a family for a week or so, for some a little longer, but there was a constant upheaval of people and it was exhausting at times...) But, one thing that I have noticed since my stroke is that I get my feeling hurt easily. For instance, people leave the church all the tim