Friday, December 24, 2010

Good News of Great Joy

The message from the angel to the shepherds was one of 'good news of great joy for all the people'.  That day in Bethlehem was born Emmanuel, God with us.  That baby grew and became a man, but more than just a man, he was God in the flesh.  Jesus came to bring to us the greatest gift ever given, the gift of eternal life.  I rejoice this Christmas, not because a baby was born in Bethlehem 2015 years ago, but because through him I can know my creator and his purpose for me.  Take time this Christmas to celebrate the Christ, not as a baby, but as God's Anointed One, come to bring salvation to all who would believe.  Have a joyous celebration.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Prostate Cancer

Cancer.  Such a simple word; but with such ominous overtones.  One day all is well in my little world, then the bi-annual physical, a high PSA reading in the blood work, a trip to a Urologist, a 1 in 8 chance of cancer, a biopsy, and then the results; prostate cancer.  It is still in the early stages and is very treatable.  But still, it is cancer.  Both of my parents died with cancer, as have many others in my circle; and now its my turn to do battle.  I must admit that the first couple of hours were a bit difficult.  But now, two days later, the shock has pretty much worn off and it becomes just something else to plan for and deal with.  Doing a lot of reading and digesting material about prostate cancer now.  Next week its back to the doctor to discuss treatment options and then following through with whichever one we decide on.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Seattle Marathon 2010

A week ago I ran in the 2010 edition of the Seattle Marathon, after running the half marathon the previous 3 years.  I had tried a full marathon once last year, but it had had a less than satisfactory ending, having to walk most of the last 7 miles.  This time I was determined to run the whole course, regardless of how long it took me to finish.  I trained hard, running in excess of 1000 miles this year including several 21 miles trips around Dyes Inlet.  The primary goal for this event was to run every step of the way, hopefully completing the course in under 5 hours.  That meant that I had to average just under 11 minutes a mile, which certainly seemed doable.