So, upon the advice of my doctor, I’m coming back to work. I will be doing half days for a couple of weeks, and I won’t be preaching right away. I’m supposed to build up my activities over time. It is not unusual for people with mild concussions to take up the 3 months to heal completely, and since I’ve had a lot going on when I got my concussion (baby being born, a three-year-old, and then both at the same time) it may take me longer than most people to fully recover. But I will fully recover.
It’s a little frustrating to heal so slowly when we get stories of Jesus casting out demons and healing people immediately. I know I’ve done a lot of praying, and perhaps you have, too, at times like these. But I also think we can read these stories as special events, and sometimes they are too strange for us. What would happen if we suddenly healed of an affliction? In many cases, we’d probably just head right back to our daily lives, living them as we used to do. Sometimes that seems what Jesus wants—other times it seems like Jesus heals in order to change lives.
So I’ve been thinking about my life, and how my injury can help me focus on the way I live, and how I can change for the better when I’m better. It’s something we should always be doing anyway, but probably most of us can do that without getting hit in the head.
I also have a bit of sad news to share with you. Our Bishop, the Reverend Robert Alan Rimbo, resigned yesterday after being confronted with an allegation of an extramarital affair. I have no details other than that, but please keep our Synod Staff in your prayers. Also please pray for our Synod Council, which will have to decide how to bridge the gap between this resignation and the election of another bishop.
Looking forward to seeing you all on Sunday,