This is a day that comes and goes in most lives, but for me, it is a big event. Today is my 20th Anniversary from High School picnic. Most of these people I have not seen in 20+ years. I have seen a few of them over the years, but it will be a good time. It is a good event in that I almost did not make it to the reunion. I am going to talk to one of my classmates today because he has his own production company, and discovery health will not talk to individuals, only production companies. My story, according to every Doctor I have seen, is very unusual. Every Dr. I have been to has said that by the time the pressure in you brain builds to the point that you have ONE stroke in you brain stem, you do not recover. I had at least TWO strokes in my brain stem, maybe three. It will be a good time; I hope to reconnect with old friends.
A few years ago I was presented with the opportunity to come back to Stratford, Iowa, to First Baptist church, as their pastor; for those of you who have followed this blog for some time, FBC in Stratford was my first pastorate. Let's just say I prayed about it as I was jumping at the opportunity. The church has a parsonage, so I could live there and not have to worry about a houe payment; and I needed to slow down, and this was a part time position (which, as a side note, allowed for me to get a greater disability from the VA than when I was working full time with St. Croix Hospice...) We love Stratford, and absolutely love the church; the people are wonderful and accepted us, again, with open arms. This was, for me, the perfect position: I get to pastor a church I LOVE, I get to do life with people I LOVE, and I have already had the opportunity to do weddings and baptism services for kids (adults now) that I have known their entire lives. IT IS GREAT. The longer I have been here,