Well I made it through my first Christmas as a Pastor. ALMOST everything went well.
Christmas Eve day I was feeling good. I only had a few more visits to do, the Christmas Eve Bulletin was done and printed, we we finishing up the newsletter and the bulletin for December 28th was printed! I felt good about that and excited for service. I was even more excited to take some time off to visit family.
Then it happened…….
I reached down to pick up a newsletter for the copier and on my way back up I felt a pinch in my back……that was not good.
Just to give you a little history I have had on again and off again back trouble. Back in May I had a terrible accident that you can read about here. I know that I should take care of it on an ongoing basis, however when it feels good it is not really on my mind.
Needless to say I was worried, I did not know how I could make it through Christmas and I was worried about traveling with a bad back.
I was able (barely) to make it through the first service. We had a lot of people at service and half way through communion I had to sit down because I was in so much pain. Doing that gave me a new perspective on communion and I might reflect on that later down the road.
I actually called one of the deacons 45 min before the second service was going to start and told him that I could not come in. I was in so much pain that I could not even stand up. He lead the service without a problem.
The next day I laid down as we did Christmas presents and things progressively got worse throughout the day. I ended up going to the ER and waited for 5 hours just to get told that it was a muscle thing — but they did give me some good pain killers. 🙂
We decided to go ahead with our vacation plans……I know sitting at home would not be the best for me (Because I need to be up and moving) and I wanted to see family and friends during this time off.
So here we are in Vermont, hanging out with my family.
More updates as the week progresses…..