My blog has fallen quiet as I caught up on other writing. Avila and I created our peace bench, a quiet place to be still and pray for peace.
My Side Projects
For the past two months, my posts have been sporadic at best. When the blog goes quiet, I usually fulfill my need to write in other places. The first few months of retirement found me trying to “catch up” on several side projects.
I am nearing completion of the second edition of The Journey Continues. We are in the final editing stages. I am hopeful that it will be available shortly. When I first published The Journey Continues, I resisted the urge to do a lot of editing. I wanted the reader to capture all the emotions of each chapter. This time around, I have tightened things up, added a few years’ worth of content, and ended up with a shorter book. I have been reminded of the many blessings of the past few years.
My friend Chris Wells and I are nearing the completion of a book dealing with worship. We hope to have it available by the end of the year.
Finally, Nancy and I are working on a project dealing with the many awkward conversations cancer has led us to have over the past six years. We have invited some friends to help us tell the story, and we are excited about what this book could be. Again, we hope to have this available by the end of the year.
While the blog has mainly sat silent, there has been plenty of writing taking place.
Peace BenchEarly this spring, I took some time to create a peace bench. This space sits atop the hill in front of our house. The bench overlooks the valley. Avila and I can sit quietly while watching the world go by. We find it a peaceful place to “waste time together.” While sitting in quiet, I find myself praying for peace. Peace for this world, my family, TOGO, and my troubled spirit.
When I feel my anxiety rising, I ask Avila, “Do you want to go sit on the bench?” She is up and by the door in short order. The quick walk to the bench is purposeful and direct. Once we settle in, she often sits or lays down on her step and watches everyone down below. It is incredible how a few minutes on the bench can calm my anxiety.
May you find your “peace bench,” may it provide rest and calm for your soul.
How Am I Doing?
Cancer-wise, everything is looking very good. My bloodwork and scans continue to show no signs of active cancer. I have been off treatment for over a year now. It has certainly been a blessing.
My liver continues to have issues. Next week, I have an ERCP to clean out my bile ducts. It appears I am going to make the three months between cleanouts (I have always needed to do it earlier). As the time comes closer, I can feel my body begin to drag. The brain fog settles in as the toxins in my liver cannot cleanse themselves. If the ERCP is successful, I will be a new person almost immediately.
Thank you for your continued prayers.