Friday, April 26, 2013

God, give me the words

This shorter blog post does not represent “throwing in the towel” but is an indication that it’s become increasingly difficult to sustain my concentration. I have so much to say, so much to grasp after, yet my mental and physical energy seems to dwindle away. And so I adjust, as we must all to infirmity, pain and weakness of all kinds. God may yet give me time, which we will see in the days ahead. My children have proved able, even impassioned blogger substitutes. I’m sure you will hear from them in the future in my absence.

This all comes up because I haven’t felt well in the past week. It’s pain and weakness mostly, and mental malaise. I can attribute this partly to the completion of radiation treatment of a spinal mass subsequent to everything else I've experienced in terms of symptoms and treatment. I’m wearing down. I finished 10 rounds of focused radiation on a spinal mass this past week and I hope to rebound as the swelling gradually subsides. The other effects of recent treatment will also continue to work out their effects.

I’m sleeping well, with only occasional headaches, and have enjoyed good visits with friends and family. More to come.


Anonymous said...

I'm happy to see that you continue to blog despite how you feel. It fills in some details that I didn't know. But mostly I'm relieved that you have Ellen, Allison, Nick, Jon and God. I wish I could be around .

Tom said...

I'm happy you've slept well. Sleeplessness would make things even more difficult. I, too, am thankful for your family, and our gracious God.

grsmouse said...

Two basic premises in the study of theology....God is great and God is good....May you all experience his greatness as he carries you through the present trial and his goodness as he goes with you all the way.

We love you and continue to pray for you.

Ruth and Glenn

Melissa Bee said...

Peter--You and your family are in my stand as a true inspiration to me to live and love in the moment. God bless you and may angels surround you.

Anonymous said...

God has given you the gift of words, through this blog for strangers like me and, I am sure, in conversation with your family and friends and acquaintances. Your eloquence in writing, your intellectual discourse on God and life, your gift of expressing your thoughtful and heartfelt faith, achieved sometimes because of and sometimes in spite of reason, and your grace in accepting His grace have inspired me so. Thank you for making my spiritual life richer through your words. Wishing you many more days of light and laughter with loved ones.