Dear friends of this Cairn,
You may have noticed, or will whenever you go looking for a post, that there was no sermon posted this week. That is because I have been recovering from a long awaited surgery on my back. There were actually two surgeries this week, the first one planned and the second one to remove a blood clot that had formed on my spine after the first surgery. Over the past two years I have learned or re-learned a host of lessons about pain, patience, powerlessness, surrender, prayer, and community.
For example, I felt the presence of this extended and digital community many times when I was struggling. It seems as though any time I was experiencing a particularly low moment or engaged in a struggle that was bigger than me, a comment would pop up on the website that forcefully opened my perspective and heart a little wider. On any given Sunday I can close my eyes and see faces, recall names, and be reminded of comments from this community of a thousand households or more. We even span the globe.
I hope that you can draw strength, hope, and a renewal of spirit from the subversivepreacher community, and the writings you find here. I personally know many of you, though we may not have shared the same space for decades. Others of you I know only from your comments, and many if not most I only know from Google Analytics that tells me all the varied places we live. Still, I can close my eyes and “see” us through the gift of imagination.
Anyway, I do not usually post a lot of personal information — plenty of that leaks through the sermons and columns — but I have heard from so many friends and been so uplifted by the community that I felt the need to say, “thank you.”