I have posted this video before, but since Thursday is Thanksgiving Day here in the states, I thought I would kick off this week, with this wonderful hymn by the Gettys. It is a reminder that our hearts should always be filled with thankfulness, no matter the season.
It’s hard to believe that it’s time to start another week. Pam and I have spent the last hour making some cookies. It was my idea, but Pam is such a good baker. We have two reasons for making cookies – 1) for my co-workers at Chick-fil-A this weekend – first for Friday (Black Friday) and then for Saturday (while not Black Friday – Virginia Tech and University of Virginia are playing in Charlottesville and we usually get a crowd of hungry football fans in our store. While we were making the cookies we were listening to the new Getty Christmas album. It is a live album of their Christmas material. While offering some different arrangements and stylings, it is familiar and I am enjoying it. I love the new hymns that the Gettys have been writing for the church.
I’ve already mentioned the big weekend ahead and this coming weekend kicks off a new church year beginning with Advent. Not only that, but here in the states we also celebrate Thanksgiving. Our family has to work our dinner around Anna’s Cracker Barrel schedule, but I think once we drop her off, we are going to take some of the cookies to our friends at Sheetz and Hess.
It was a good morning as we celebrated Thanksgiving at Waynesboro Wesleyan. We have enjoyed working with this congregation and in turn, they have blessed us as well.
This afternoon, Pam and I went out for a walk – it was a bit chilly. Our bodies are still getting used to the colder weather. It’s been quite warm of late. I’m going to go for a walk in the cool of the morning tomorrow and may try a few runs to see how the hamstring is working out.
That’s about all I have for tonight. I hope you have a great week!
Give thanks to the Lord for He is good – His faithful love endures forever!
Sunday, November 22, 2015
Reign of Christ Sunday
- All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name
- Sing to the King
- Count Your Blessings
- Blessed Be Your Name
Almighty and everlasting God, whose will it is to restore all things in your well-beloved Son, the King of kings and Lord of lords: Mercifully grant that the peoples of the earth, divided and enslaved by sin, may be freed and brought together under his most gracious rule; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
So I was out running on Wednesday, doing my long run. I was well warmed up – at about the halfway point, so I was already over 5 miles, when I felt a sharp pain in the back of my thigh – more running was out of the question. At first I simply thought it was a cramp – but the next day while on break at work, I came across an article from Runner’s World about hamstrings. Apparently, I’ve pulled it – and it is a mild strain. I’ve been resting (as much as possible while still working 40 hours) and taking the typical anti-inflammatory meds and elevating it when possible.
This morning I thought I would go out and find out how things were doing. I went out to the track – where I took my very first serious run 6 years ago – very gently – very slowly – I got out to about 150 meters and slowed back to a walk. It looks like I’ll have to wait, although I did do the same thing three more times this morning. As I was finishing up I had a strange thought. Six years ago after doing the same thing, I thought I was going to die – and it took 20 minutes to do it. Today those same four laps took just 13:07 and except for the mild pain in my hamstring, felt really good – It doesn’t really feel like I did anything, but I didn’t want to go further and risk pulling something. It looks like walks are in my future for the next week or so.
So for now, I’m pressing on even as I rest.