It came home to me today how long it has been since my last blog. I felt sad that I have lost touch with you, and stirred to do something about it. Part of the reason for the long silence is that I have been going through a particularly bad storm. Despite the great thrill and joy of being able to preach again in November after a year out of the pulpit, the battle has raged around me, and the illness I fight has waxed and waned in its perfidious strategy designed to destroy me. (That's no exageration; take a peek at 1 Peter 5:8-9). I have made a commitment to myself and to you that I will only be honest in my blogs. No sugarry cover-ups, no religious make believe, no phoney baloney!! But then - there is only so much you can say about pain, tears, weakness, loneliness and sorrow - without boring the socks off those who read or listen. So, here are some positive things that are going on despite the storm:
- God is wonderfully providing all our needs. We have not been on a salary since July 2008 and we have wanted for nothing!
- We have met some really great people and are learning from how God is working in their lives.
- So many people tell us that they pray for us every day - now that is amazing!
- I have been kept alive through 3 major operations in the last year and several potentially dangerous attacks of acute pancreatitis.
- Every day God's Word has spoken to us and is a lamp to our feet and a light to our darkened path.
- Several trips to London for Diane and I have been covered by generous giving and practical love and support from others.
- The sun sets daily as a reminder that God is faithful and has granted us another day.