Thanks for praying. Kathy’s surgery went "better than anticipated" and she is recovering. It was a long day of red tape and false calls… I was sent to three different floors and about 12 different nursing stations before I found somebody who knew where Kathy was and how she was doing. But during that awkward time of waiting, I had the blessing of reading all of Mark Steele’s excellent book, Flashbang. It’s one of the more enjoyable books I’ve read for quite a while. As I sat at the foot of Kathy’s bed squeezing her feet to make sure she was still ticklish and hadn’t been dehumorized by tubes sticking out of her, I was laughing. Laughing is a great thing in a hospital. One of the more effective methods of healing… next to medicine and surgical procedures. Here’s an example of how inticingly funny Flashbang is:
The parakeet was blue. And afraid. Blue and afraid. And his excrement looked like those little kernals in salami, of which I am no longer fond.
And here’s an example of how the book was such an encouraging read for me today:
Following Jesus is irony. Always has been. Be last to be first. Give to receive. Be weak to be strong. Get under His freedom to get over yourself. As a follower of Jesus, I will never truly affect the world with His love until I get over my own desires and needs, my desperation and petty bickering- anything I cling to in order to feel better- to feel freer… It’s time to cut myself open and remove the remains of the flashbang once for all.
You’ll have to read the book to understand "flashbang," but I can say quickly that it’s something that looks powerful, but actually has no real substance behind it. Kathy was cut open to remove a part of herself that was keeping her from living freely. I, me, you, we must do the same in our souls…
Thanks for praying! Keep it up.