Saturday, November 15, 2008

Name the Source

"Confidence in the banking system evaporated. Investors panicked and tried to liquidate. With everyone trying to sell at the same time, the value of investments plummeted. Each businessman in the commercial chain was trying to save himself. At the end of the chain, the little people, the farmers and workers, the consumers, had less recourse when their debts were called in. They lost their mortgaged homes and farms. As their demand for goods and services shriveled, those who sold to them went bankrupt and laid off their employees."

Daniel Walker Howe, What Hath God Wrought, page 143, describing the Panic of 1819

Who says history doesn't repeat itself?

Food for thought - the hard times of 1819 lasted three to four years, varying on where you lived in the country.

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Funny Pics

One of my good friends, Bret Ostendorf, found something interesting in his car this morning as he was leaving for work:


HT: Bret

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Doctor's Update

We just returned from seeing the neurologist at Scott & White who was reading the results of the sleep-deprived EEG from this morning.

Her report was great – everything looks normal!

She said I could immediately get off the seizure medicine and quit taking the vicadin as soon as the pain was gone.

She still asked that I finish the antibiotics for the sinus infection and see my endocrinologist in order to get my sugar back under control.

We praise God for His faithfulness to answer our prayers.

Thanks for your love and support over the last week.

I think I will be back in the office part-time tomorrow.

God is good all the time -

Monday, November 03, 2008

Learning

Hey, everyone! Thanks for the prayers. I've been home since Friday night.

I don't really remember anything until Thursday night as I was in a coma-like state since Sunday morning, but God has been very gracious to me by providing me with great medical care at the new Scott and White Hospital next to our house and giving me an unbelievable support network of family and friends that have cared for me and prayed for me so well.

The last two days I've been praying a lot personally - asking God what He is trying to teach me through this whole experience. I can already discern quite a bit and thought I would share some.

First, I have been humbled again by the power of God and my limited strength and ability. It is hard not to be humbled when you are set on your butt for a week by illness. I have been reminded (since I have not preached the last two weeks and our attendance and giving have been up) that Jesus leads our church, not me. Our elders and staff have been amazing, and God has shown me once again that my main role as the spiritual leader of this church is to stay close to Him and spend lots of time on my face.

Second, I have been reminded about what is most important in life - knowing and loving Christ, and knowing and loving others. Because of my dysfunctional type-A personality, it takes quite a bit to remind me about what is most important in life, and it's not my success.

Finally, I have had my eyes opened again to what an amazing wife I have. Barie is my hero in so many ways, and she is such a servant-leader. She constantly has challenged me over our marriage by her compassion and heart for others, but now I've seen it directed at me in such a powerful way. I have to say thank-you to God for giving me such a wonderful wife.

Thanks again to everyone for your prayers and encouragement. You have been great support during this whole week. Blessings to you...

Keith