Dear readers. I realize that I have been blogging now for nearly five years. I began the blog because it seemed an opportunity to publish my thoughts which would otherwise not find a readership. I had no idea that the blog would eventually reach such a wide number of people throughout the world. During these five years I’ve seen my readership grow to an average of about 2,000 – 3,000 people daily. More people have been reached through contacts through the blog as I have gone from the blog contacts to an increased readership of my books and then to speaking engagements around the country. I am humbled by the number of people who write with support, questions, friendship, prayers and fellowship.
You may have noticed that I have been blogging less frequently lately. There are several reasons for this. First, I have been very busy as pastor of a growing parish. We are getting our little parish school back where it should be. We are the smallest and poorest parish in Greenville, and are placed in a part of town that is socially an economically very challenging. We are therefore trying not only to build up the spiritual life of the parish, but to also expand our outreach to the needy in our community. In addition to these joyful burdens I have finished one book project and am now finishing another manuscript.
Then last month my sister Denise was diagnosed with a very nasty cancer. I don’t speak much about my family here, but Denise is a very accomplished woman. With a PhD in English, she is also a wife and mother of two girls. Her husband is the Anglican bishop of Worcester in England and she has accepted many challenges that go with being a bishop’s wife. In addition to this, Denise is a notable scholar of the poet Thomas Traherne with three books about Traherne under her belt. In the tradition of the English lady Denise is also an avid gardener. Here’s an article about her if you’re interested.
So last week I took time off to travel to England to see my sick sister. I traveled with my older brother Don. My older sister and mother were already there. We had a good visit, and I enjoyed seeing other old friends and old haunts in England. I’m now rested and recovered from jet lag and the stressful visit, and hope to get back to blogging once again.
Thank you for your patience and support. So many of you have written with kindness and promised prayers for Denise. Keep praying!