If you weren’t in worship last Sunday, it was extraordinary. Extraordinary is, obviously, a compound word: extra ordinary. So if you think of Sunday worship as ordinary (normal), then last Sunday had a little extra going for it. Not on purpose, mind you.
As you are aware, I was diagnosed with CMML, a rare form of leukemia, about two years ago. For the most part the disease has been in check. My lab numbers have been pretty steady, and I haven’t had any real symptoms during that time.
That all changed, or began to change about three weeks ago. I noticed I was tired almost all of the time. My appetite lessened. At times I had a slight fever. And then came last Sunday.
I had an appointment with my doctor for this week so I wanted to wait until I had some information I could share with you all, as opposed to saying I was not feeling very well, but not have much more to say than that.
I did my usual lab work for the appointment, and in this digital age, I received the results last Saturday. Results in the color red indicate something out of normal, either high or low. In this case my labs were nothing but red numbers, unlike any previous lab report. I was, needless to say, a little surprised an a little nervous about them.
Still, I didn’t want to alarm any of you until I had some answers. The disease thought otherwise.
During the opening music I reached a point I was so faint/weak I needed to sit down. And with that action I knew I had to share what I was going through. And in the midst of my sharing Rick Barnes said something like, “Ok, enough of the explanation, you need prayer!”
He and Mercy came forward, as did the whole congregation! They laid hands on me and prayed for me. It was extraordinary.
My first thought was, “How Baptist!” My Methodist upbringing never experienced something like that. But then my next thought was, “How grateful I am Lord!” For such extraordinary people. Friends. Companions on the journey of faith together. People who love me very much. (And I try to show them every day that I love them right back).
Since then I’ve met with my Primary Care doctor who says I need to start some kind of treatment, and I’m waiting for a call from my hematologist here in EC for an appointment. I also have an appointment with my hematologist at City of Hope on the 25th.
Sara and I walk in faith, knowing we’re covered in prayer and love. Thank you for that.
The Calendar this Week:
Men’s Prayer Breakfast Saturday at 8 a.m. We are meeting at the home of George and Audrey McFaddin, 225 Wake Ave. #99 in El Centro. It’s in the Desert Trails Mobile Home Park.
Holy Land Pilgrimage
Visiting the Holy Land is a once in a lifetime experience. Pastor Ron is putting together a trip to the Holy Land. 10 days. Visiting sites that include The Sea of Galilee and Jordan River, Capernaum, Cana, Nazareth, tel Megiddo, Jericho, Qumran, Caesarea, Masada, Jerusalem, Bethlehem, and Mount of Olives.
Prices run from 3400-3700 depending of time of year, and include airfare, ground transportation, tour guides, breakfast and dinner, taxes and fees.
If interested please contact me at (760) 554-5520. Leave a message!
For Healing: For Caroline Stinson.
Celebrating improvement for Pat Sandbom.
For Ashley, a 12 year old with terminal cancer. And for her family.
For Diana who had a tooth extraction on Monday.
Celebrating the birth of a Great Grandson, Micah Moreno. (Lauryl Driscoll)
For those in need: The poor and the hungry. Victims of violence. Migrants seeking asylum.
For First Responders, for Teachers, for Public Servants.
See you Sunday!
Grace and Peace, Ron
Rev. Dr. Ron Griffen
First United Methodist Church, El Centro
312 S. 8th St.
Facebook: First United Methodist church El Centro
"Ring the bell that still can ring. Forget the perfect offering. There's a crack in everything. That's how the light gets in." --Leonard Cohen
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