Sorry about the quiet blog these past few weeks. Always is a busy time of year and hard to keep up with the blog at times.
If you didn’t get our latest email update a few days ago, we’d appreciate your prayers for a positive resolution to a health problem that has grown worse over the course of about 3 1/2 years. I’ve (Alan) been to a couple of doctors and the diagnosis have so far not been correct.
Tomorrow morning I’ll be having a colonoscopy done to see if the problem can be determined. There seems to be a blockage in the large intestine. The doctor isn’t sure what the situation really is but he hopes this procedure will allow him to see what’s going on and then know what to do next.
Today was a good time of home Bible study in the morning with our little but growing group. I’m teaching 4 adults now, and Beth is teaching 7 kids (ages 12 down to 4), including our two boys. We’re have a great time teaching. My group is working through Romans. I’ve tried to keep us on a one chapter per week clip and have done so from chapters 4 through 6; albeit, I teach for about 2 hours!
Beth has been teaching the attributes of God. She’s probably going to move into a survey of the Bible or something like that next. Outside of our two boys, the kids don’t know ANYTHING about the Bible and aren’t familiar with any of the stories that kids often learn in Sunday school. Talk about reaching the unreached!
The afternoon was a different story as I had to drink four packets of medicine, each dissolved in a liter of water, and each taken 1 hour apart. The medicine forced my digestive tract to immediately evacuate the premises (DO NOT PASS GO, DO NOT COLLECT $200), and I can tell you that it was not a pleasant experience at all. As I contemplated the last of the nine 20 oz cups of watery, nasty-tasting yuck, I found myself praying, “Lord, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me….” To my surprise, He gave me the strength to down the whole cup in about 20 seconds! One of those cups in the middle took me about 30 minutes to finish!
It wasn’t until I wrote the paragraph above that I double-checked the size of that cup and I was right. It was 20 oz. Problem is 1 liter is 33 oz…not 60 oz! Beth thought the little pitcher she filled for me was 1 liter but it was closer to 2! Oh well…no wonder this was such a challenge to drink. I drank nearly twice as much liquid than I was supposed to! Hope that didn’t hurt anything…aside from the obvious! Ouch!
Appreciate your prayers for this procedure tomorrow. May the doctor figure out what the problem is and may my health be restored to a much better level. Thanks!