I have been neglecting the Reform-Shire website for quite some time now. I have been off from work about the same amount of time due to a herniated disc in my lower spine. It has caused quite a bit of pain in mostly my right leg radiating down to my foot. I have been taking pain medications to get me by until my surgery which is tomorrow morning at the Kansas Spine Hospital.
Although this has been quite painful, I have found some wonderful blessings. I have been able to spend quite a bit of time with the family and a friend from out of state, especially during this Christmas season. I'm especially grateful of my wife who has been so kind to me and has showed me how much she cares for me. I don't think very many guys get to see their wives in action like I have at this stage in our marriage. And we got to celebrate our 20th Anniversary together last Wednesday night.
I have prayed in the past that I could be more like the Apostle Paul, and maybe I've gotten a small taste of what Paul experienced physically. As he remarked about the "thorn in the flesh". But, at least I have the hope of surgery to rid me of my pain, where Paul had his hope in heaven. I think I could learn to live with the pain, but I'll take the surgery since it is available. :-)
Grace and Peace to you All and have a Merry CHRISTmas!!!