I have been very sick and first went into the hospital on June 21st.
Then, almost three weeks ago, I was taken by ambulance to a hospital a couple of hours away from Alexandria with a nurse by my side who was regularly taking my blood pressure. I thank God that I did not have a stroke, but my systolic blood pressure was running over 200, and I have no idea what my diastolic blood pressure was.
Willis-Knighton Hospital South specializes in helping patients learn how to train our minds and bodies to respond to stress, but they also put a patient on medication. WKHS is in Shreveport, Louisiana.
I am doing better, but the leadership of our congregation is helping me to rest, just the way a collector of fine old automobiles wouldn't let his grandson learn to drive by handing him the keys to a vintage car manufactured back in the 40s.
The end of August will mark 40 years since I first came to the Presbyterian congregation on Jackson Street to preach.
I was installed as their pastor on Friday night, September 27, 1975. During these decades, to the best of my memory, I only missed preaching three times due to illness and don't recall ever taking off more than two Sundays in a row. I think exhaustion and sleep loss contributed to my health problems.
I am now going about things a lot slower, but I do look forward to preaching again at a point in the future. In the meantime, our assistant pastor, Bryan Rhodes is doing an excellent job.
Please keep me in your prayers.
After serving Grace Presbyterian Church in Alexandria, Louisiana, Bob was honorably retired on Sunday, September 27, 2015, and given the title "Pastor...