Happy Labor Day – REGARDLESS!
Yes, “regardless” of how you have labored through the year, through these past few summer weeks, let us celebrate!
Recalling the many years that I served in the labor force reminds me of how the vast majority of you, younger generations are filling the role and “paying into the system” that keeps your families and our nation’s government afloat.
Like myself, in this “senior” cycle of life, there are also many of you who are not currently employed in the labor force, but have labored in ways that are not income-producing.
Since spring 2014, my life has taken a turn to labor of dealing with unexpected health issues. I am a diabetic, but was doing fairly well other than having some leg and hip pain until mid-June. Since then, four ER trips, three hospitalizations, diagnosis with CAD and PAD (Cardiac and Peripheral Artery Disease); a cardiac cauterization, stress tests, a stent, more prescriptions, a frightening reactive intolerance to a new med, a cystoscopy procedure with an extremely painful post-surgery urinary tract infection, anemia, low functioning of kidneys, and now this Thursday, getting an angiogram procedure of right leg with hopeful correction to blood flow restriction. I am concerned about the possible complications, but hopefully by the time you read this, it will be over and I will be fast on the mend and an end to this small chapter of my life.
While I really want to walk as I once did, bike, go fishing, kayaking, mow my grass and do the normal home and grounds upkeep; while I really want to come back to ministry in a fuller way, I need to be patient and be submissive to what God has planned…and I am, as God has blessed me in so many ways throughout my lifetime!
Thanks to all of you who labored in prayer for my (as well as others’) healings! Thanks to the priests for holy anointings. And I am grateful for God’s ongoing, present-day miracles of healing as received through the wisdom and hands of doctors, nurses, medical technology and medicines!
If I had little faith, I doubt I could be so comfortable in my condition. I thank God for this great gift and I pray for those of you who may be struggling from similar labors. I pray for the employed, underemployed and unemployed, that you may carry the burden (or joy) of labor; for children and young adults who labor in learning. May God grant you His healing of acceptance and peace.
Deacon Richard Butz