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Back on August 30, I went to a surgical center in Edmonds for a partial right knee replacement. After a few hours, I was back at home, with my new hardware, beginning what I considered the recovery phase. For me the recovery phase was the first two weeks during which I spent most of my time, including nights, on my recliner with an ice therapy machine circulating cold water on my knee to help relieve the pain and swelling. I was very grateful for Deb's wonderful round the clock caring during that time. I was also thankful that I was able to get around the house, including going up and down the stairs, without too much discomfort. 

After those first two weeks of recovery, I have now moved into what I'm calling my rehab phase. This began in earnest when I began physical therapy. Due to some scheduling issues, my physical therapy didn't kick into full gear, two sessions a week, until the week of September 24. I am currently scheduled for twice a week physical therapy through October. The good news is that I feel I am slowly but surely making progress. 

My first day back in the office was Tuesday, September 26. I am leaving a bit earlier than usual most days, but I hope to get back to a more normal schedule soon.  My first Sunday leading worship was October 1. 

Throughout my recovery and rehab I have often thought of one of my favorite Bible passages, Isaiah 43:1-3:

But now thus says the LORD, he who created you, O Jacob, 
he who formed you, O Israel:
Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; 
I have called you by name, you are mine.
When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; 
and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you;
when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, 
and the flame shall not consume you.
For I am the LORD your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.

In this passage, God does not promise to keep us from hardship or danger; we will experience floods and fires. However, we do not go through these trials alone. God is always with us. One of the ways God is present with us is through each other.  I want to thank each of you for helping me feel God's presence and support. What a joy it is to be part of such a loving and caring Christian community!


Pastor Jim