To the readers of my blog:
I had planned to have a new blog piece for you this week, but events have overtaken me, making that impossible, and I think a personal explanation would be in order instead.
During what was meant to be a short visit with son Robert’s family in Chicago (including Robert and Jan; grandchildren Zachary (Lisa) and Charis (Ben) and great-grandchildren Isabel, Nora, and Julia, I was discovered to have an urgent heart problem. My son, Robert, a laryngologist, his doctor son Zachary, an anesthesiologist, and above all Zachary’s wife, Lisa, a cardiology nurse practitioner, quickly got me in the hands of a cardiology and cardiac surgery team. The initial cardiologist promptly diagnosed the problem — a severe lack of flow through a heart valve — and put me on-stream to a high-tech replacement of that valve just 10 days later — early tomorrow morning, Monday, September 30.
I am told that my recovery is likely to be rapid with an increase in energy evident shortly thereafter.
I am “heartened” by the many expressions of love and prayers I have received from my family, former colleagues, the Greenville University community, and parishioners and friends in Canada and the United States. Daughter Carolyn, who with Doug drove us to Chicago, has also read Kay and me numerous expressions of well-wishes and prayer from a Free Methodist Facebook page. Kay’s and my appreciation knows no bounds.
I feel that I am in the hands of very good doctors and above all, in the care of the Great Physician, our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. By his grace I plan to resume filing regular weekly blogs soon.
Thank you for your interest in my blog. I am pleased to have this space in which to share insights with you from the life of a pastor. My dear wife and ministry partner Kathleen and I consider it an honor beyond our deserving and understanding to have had the opportunity to serve Our Lord in local churches and as bishop, both during our active phase and now in retirement.
Rev. Donald N. Bastian