MORE THAN YOU WANTED TO KNOW!
It's been quite a week! My parents' flew in from Southern California last Tuesday night. Ben graduated from high school Thursday night. Anna and Mary turned 13 on Friday. I came down with a vicious head and chest cold on Friday.
All this time I was still writing for Sunday but I felt like Father MacKenzie in the Beatles song, "Eleanor Rigby." I was "writing the words of a sermon that no on will hear." At first I thought no one would hear it because it is Memorial Day weekend and the Shilohfolks tend to head "upnorf" to their cabins/cottages for the weekend. As it turned out, no one heard the words of that sermon because I was in bed with a fever, cough, congestion, and dizziness!
As I type this I'm feeling a wee bit better but not out of the woods yet. The kind of sad thing is that this is the first preaching assignment I have ever missed. Yes, since 1974, this is the first time I have been too sick to preach. (Some of my people might not agree with that statement, however!)
Gratefully, Tom (the elder) stepped up and handled the service brilliantly. My dad pulled up a devotional from his teaching time in his church in California. We had a guy in church today who just got out of prison after 22 years and came to faith while inside. One of the Shilohmen who does prison ministry interviewed him. Sounds like everything went just fine without the Shilohguy!
Today is my mom's birthday. We walked down the street to watch the glorious Caledonia Memorial Day parade complete with tractors and horses, school bands, and plenty of VFW representatives. We just had a great chicken dinner and we'll have cake and ice cream for Mom a little later.
That's what I've been up to. I owe a couple of posts to people on a couple of subjects but I won't get to them until I'm feeling better. I've missed you guys lately! Thanks for stopping by.