My friends, after a long absence, I’m back. Before explaining where I’ve been and why I’ve been gone for so long, I want to thank many of you for your thoughts and (especially) your prayers. Marty and I have been deeply covered in prayer for the past few months and that has made all the difference. We deeply appreciate those of you who have kept us in your prayers.
So, where’s old Art been since this fall? It’s bee quite a journey.
In August I quite unexpectedly began kidney dialysis. It’s been a challenging time, starting on hemodialysis, going to peritoneal dialysis and back to hemo temporarily. After a some very challenging weeks, things are now going very well and I will be able to return to work soon on a limited basis. I’ve also been placed on the kidney transplant lists at two of the leading transplant hospitals in the USA. We’re now just waiting for a kidney to become available.
Since starting dialysis I’ve undergone three relatively minor but extremely uncomfortable surgeries. Recovery kept me pretty well on my back. All is completely healed now and, except for the side effects of the dialysis, I’m feeling better than I have in a very long time.
Gotta love computers!
Very shortly after I started the dialysis, my computer died during a thunderstorm. I’ve just now replaced it, so I am able to get back online. It’s not turnkey, however. Navigating Windows 8 is like leaning a new language. Then there’s the challenge of forgotten site ID’s and passwords. I STRONGLY recommend keeping good records of such things for those of you who depend on the “remember me” function for these things. A dead computer doesn’t remember nothing! I’m faced with sorting through a few thousand e-mails among other things. It’s a bit daunting.
During the past few months I’ve been able to do a lot of observing and reflecting. While in the center doing hemodialysis I’ve seen many folks who are truly suffering. As I reflect on my own situation, I’ve been inconvenienced, but overall Marty and I are doing very, very well. We are truly blessed. Despite some bad things happening, every day of this period has been a GOOD day.
I see that ChristianBlessings is doing very well! Good. The site is prospering in terms of readership, worldwide penetration (readers have come from nearly every country on earth save N Korea and Iran over the last year), and the roster of contributors has also grown. A hearty WELCOME to our new contributors. I’m looking forward to getting to know you.
I’ll be gearing back up slowly, but I’m looking forward to obeying the Great Commandment and fulfilling the Great Commission once again through my writings. There is no better time to do so than during the Lenten Season
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