Dear WBC family, I trust that you have enjoyed the blessings of the Christmas season, and are anticipating God's grace in provision and care into a New Year. As many of you know, the Christmas season in our household came with unique blessings we had not expected. I was recovering well from my original surgery on Dec 4 up until Thursday Dec 19, when some problems arose. A "leak" in the site of the surgery, along with an abscess infection caused complications, which took me back in for a second surgery on Dec 20.
The recovery from this second surgery has been steady in the right direction, albeit more difficult. My body is not yet fully recovered from the first surgery, I have an incision that requires daily re-dressing, and the placement of a temporary stint in my throat makes it very hard for me to swallow. All that to say, the last stage of this journey (post-op recovery) has brought some greater challenges than we anticipated.
As a result, I will be unable to serve from the pulpit for several weeks. If the healing goes as hoped, the incision will be fully closed and healed over and the stint will be removed sometime late in January, and my energy should be back to a sufficient level shortly after that. As always, we follow the advice of the medical team working on my behalf, and ultimately trust God to accomplish his purposes through this in whatever way He deems best.
Today, two days into the New Year, I can tell you that I am doing "ok". However, I am weakened, sore, and struggling at moments throughout the day. I feel I am a LONG way from being able to function and serve you well as your Pastor. This will take some time. This will take patience, strength, and prayer. Today, the struggle is very present. I am however, absolutely convinced that this path is taking me to full recovery and renewed strength, and this is where I set my focus - on the hope and anticipation of God's full restoration for me. I believe in that hope for myself as much as I do for each of you. Whatever scars you may bear from the struggles of 2019, let us all fix our eyes on the Christ who has taken on the very deepest of our sufferings, and let us take the risk to believe that He will fully heal and restore each and every one of us.
May we, as a people of faith in Jesus Christ, dare to believe that our God will bring about extravagant healing and blessing for us this New Year.