No B-L-T


I’m home in the early stages of the healing process after 2 back surgeries.

I am overflowing with Thankfulness for those praying for me, especially those of the Northlawn United Methodist Church.   I am experiencing the result of those prayers in continued healing, an overwhelming peace and joy, and a tangible presence of God’s presence.

I have been given two very specific directions/commands by the medical professionals to enable my healing:

1 – Walk as much as I can tolerate.  Walking strengthens my back and helps me heal in other ways.

2 – No B-L-T.   NO  B=Bending   L=Lifting   T=Twisting

My energy level is all over the map.  One minute I’m feeling like I could walk a mile and 10 minutes later I’m exhausted so I take a 2 hour nap.  No, I’m not walking a mile yet.  Yes, I sleep alot.

The above 2 directions / commands are vital for my physical healing and at some level my emotional healing as well.  They are important to follow.   Even more important  to my healing, is for me to continue with the spiritual practices that have sustained me in the past and at the same time be open to new spiritual practices.   Centering Prayer, reading Scripture and others are daily spiritual practices that ground my life in God.  These practices continue to sustain and nourish me.

At the prompting from a conversation I had while in the hospital I have begun the spiritual practice of journaling.   It feels challenging to me to journal, but I’m going to keep at it for a while to see where it takes me with God.   I certainly have plenty of time to journal.

I’ll let you know how the journaling works out.  In the meantime, I think I’ll have a BLT for lunch.

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