From Pastor Kern July 6, 2020

Dear People of God,

It’s funny, the things you remember sometimes.  The other day, out of the blue, I remembered something a nurse whispered in my ear once.

Just before leaving for a tent-camping trip in Yellowstone, I tore the meniscus in my knee (while spreading mulch in the flower bed.)  Surgery followed soon after our return and I was in and out of the surgery center in barely 3 hours.  I was still lingering in that twilight stage as the nurse wheeled me out to the car, but I have never forgotten what happened next.  As Jackie pulled the car up, the nurse leaned into my ear and said, “I want you to go home today and just take it easy, relax.  And tomorrow I want you to get up and walk! And keep walking and moving and doing your exercises because if you don’t you’ll be back here for another kind of surgery.”  How’s that for truth-telling?!

Most of us bear some kind of injury at some point in our lives – physical, emotional, or more likely, both.  When that happens, it’s important to take stock, and try to understand what has happened, and hopefully learn something from our suffering.  And then it’s important we resume our journey.  The path is made by walking.  Sometimes we skip and run.  Sometimes we walk more slowly.  And sometimes we stop, take stock, and then resume our journey, even if we walk with a sore knee for a while.
I took that nurse’s advice.  The first few days my gait was comical, much to the delight of our small children.  But I kept going.  And it got better.  

The path is made by walking.  The future is waiting. Shall we walk together?
Pr Kern