I feel an obligation to begin this correspondence with statements of gratitude. Though this is Thanksgiving, believe me when I say my gratitude goes far beyond this one day a year and is merely a coincidence that this is coming at this time. My thankfulness is a daily thing as I give thanks to our Father daily for all of you that read this letter. I thank you for your prayers that are offered up on my behalf and I thank you for your concern that you have and have displayed in many ways for me. I am especially thankful for my brethren at Southwest and at SWSBS. My brethren have been heavily burdened because of my incarceration or stay in the hospital, it is just a matter of semantics, and have done so with grace and without complaint at all. They have gone above and beyond and filled the gap expertly. I do not have the words to adequately express just how I feel here. I appreciate the elders for their great patience, the deacons and all the saints that meet at Southwest. I’ve had a great respect for the men that oversee this congregation and that respect has heightened through this time. I am blessed beyond words to labor with all these brethren.
Now concerning my situation. I am physically stronger and in the best shape I have been in in years. I walk for my easy days, climb stairs (up to 12 flights) for my medium work and I have a cardio therapist, who is a trainer for heart patients, and on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays he puts me through strength training for my heavy days. It is very intense and is helping me to not only bring back tone to my muscles and add strength, but also there is a cardio value. So as I mentioned above physically I am doing well and should go into this surgery better prepared than what was the case in my last surgery. My “lab numbers,” both in the context of kidneys and heart are all doing well and I am just waiting for an available heart. My neighbor in the room got the call this week and I am now “in the batter’s box” to borrow my doctor’s words. I am next. My doctors act as if it could be any day, but there is still that uncertainty as to exactly how long or when. I request your continued prayers in these matters.
I suppose that pretty much brings things up to date as far as my situation goes. I am now in my seventh month of being here in the hospital and counting. As is always the case we hope that all we does will bring glory to our God and we desire His will to be done for we know it shall be the best and better than what we would prescribe. Godspeed to you and may our Lord richly bless you as you labor in the kingdom.