It is the beginning of 2011 and I am no less amazed at the provision to be able to do the things that I am able to do. I do feel, however, that my energy is getting more and more diminished all the time. Last night, for instance, I had to wait in the truck as my family went did some of their shopping because I did not feel as though I had the energy to walk aimlessly through the World Store (perhaps it was just because I was bored out of my mind, but I can usually withstand boredom.) I don't know how to explain it, but I feel as though I am gradually getting tired quicker and it takes less effort to cause me to lose my energy. But, as I have said before, compared to the alternative, I feel really good. I have said before, and I will say again, that I feel pretty good for a dead guy.
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,