Regarding My Absence

Dear Rock Church Family:

As I have been absent from both the office and the pulpit over the past week, several questions have arisen as to my well being.  As many have expressed concern and felt compelled to pray for me, I thought it was necessary to address my temporary absence.

First of all, let me assure you that I am not suffering from any long term medical condition or illness.  

What Happened?

Approximately 9 days ago I went in for a routine, pre-scheduled, outpatient surgery.  During the surgery a complication arose that while not in any way life threatening, has brought about some short term challenges.  I currently have pain and swelling that is slowly improving every day.  Due to the fact that walking, standing, and sometimes even sitting exacerbate the problem, I have been remaining at home, lying down and continuing to heal.

What I Need:

I am beyond thankful for my incredible wife Erin as well as my extended family.  They are taking better care of me than I even deserve and will be able to do so until I make a full recovery.  My doctor has been readily available to me 24 hrs a day and continues to not only assess my progress but encourages me that everything is going in the direction of recovery.  What I would ask most of my church family is that you just please continue to pray for God’s mighty strength and healing, so I can return to my pastoral duties as soon as possible.

My Estimated Time of Return:

Judging by my rate of improvement so far, I cannot predict with certainty but my hope is to be back in the office in a limited capacity some time this coming week and fulfilling all my preaching responsibilities next weekend May 9th & 10th.  I am incredibly eager to be preaching, but need just a little more time before I’ll be able to do so.  I am thankful for the godly men that are faithfully proclaiming the Lord’s truth while I recover.

Conclusion:

I want to assure all of you that throughout this time my spirits have remained high.  I have had time with the Lord, the scripture and my family—all of which have been incredibly comforting.  My heart has been guided to 2 Corithians 4:17-18, “ For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever!  So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.”

I’ll see you soon!
Pastor Wes