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  1. Nancy Holmes says:

    I’m so sorry that you had that heart issue last night, but very thankful that it was resolved. I have been praying that somehow you would be able to have a better balance in your life of burdens–your own and other people’s. I just did not know where the answer lay, but I knew our Lord could show you what needed to happen and it sounds like He has. I am praising Him today. And I am thankful for all the comfort and support He sends your way when it is most needed.

  2. Michael says:

    Thank you, Nancy.
    I’m learning accept my limitations and allow others to share in my life…I’m never going to be good at either, but He’s working on it…

  3. Captain Kevin says:

    Whether we realize it or not, we all need a Smokey. Glad you’re ok and continuing to pray for you.

  4. JD says:

    Thank God for His family being our family, and for having a close family to minister to us in difficult times such as this. Surrender brings peace. Glad you’re doing better today Micheal.

  5. Michael says:

    Thank you, CK and JD…

  6. Duane Arnold says:


    A priest friend of mine, Victor Austin, has written a book, ‘Friendship: The Heart of Being Human’. I think friendships are also at the heart of the divine… ” I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you.”

    Stay safe and well… little did we know yesterday…

  7. Michael says:


    That’s a great word…
    I’m resting as much as I can… had no idea this was going to happen…

  8. Xenia says:

    God bless you, Michael.

  9. Michael says:

    Thank you, Xenia…

  10. Linn says:

    The people who care about you-you often don’t know who they are! My school had some of our students on campus today for a field day (we are creeping into the realm of hybrid learning slowly), and one of the fifth graders (one of the grades I teach) had the office leave a handwritten note in my box:

    …I miss meeting you in person at school. I wrote this note to check in on you…how are you doing…I really hope you are having a great day (with some additional details about how hard she is working on her Spanish).

    This is a 10-year old I see twice a week on Zoom, but she has been taught to care for others. I was very touched, and I am going to write back to let her know I care about her, too.

    Michael-I hope they get you up for your valve job soon. My step-mom had hospital “adventures” until she had hers done, and she has not had issues now. It has been amazing, especially because she is 83. Take care, and I’m praying they get to you soon!

  11. Em says:

    Joining in the love and prayer here – God keep you, Michael

  12. Linnea says:

    Michael- keeping you and yours in my prayers. You highlighted the little things in life that mean so much. It’s these expressions of love and friendship that keep us going each day. Thank you for showcasing them.

  13. BrideofChrist says:

    I will keep you in orayer, Michael. There is something so earth shaking about heat isdues. My husband had dizzy and fainting skills for a year and a half. The doctors couldn’t find anything wrong with him. Twice he passed out. Once we were walking out dogs and Looked back to see him passed out on the sidewalk and he got up bleeding. We went to Hawaii to visit our daughter and her family and he felt we the whole tine. The day after we returned to San Diego he couldn’t get up off the couch. It was a Friday, so I told him that he absolutely HAD to go see his family doctor before thecweekend. I drove him to the doctors and dropped him off, then left to go to my job at the community center where I worked tounload the pottery from the kiln for my ceramics students. I had only been at work for a few minutes when my husband called to say “You need to come back right now and drive me to the hospital – they’re putting in a pacemaker – now.” His heart rhythm was so slow they were shocked that he was even able to walk into the doctor’s office. It was an erratic slow heart beat, and after three EKG s, this was the first time they had been able to detect it. Within two hours they operated on him and gave him a pacemaker. He’s almost as good as new, but the entire long process of discovering what the problem was, and how serious it was, definitely has changed him. The reality is that ALL of our lives hang by a scarlet thread and it is God Himself who gave us life and who preserves our lives. I pray that you can receive your needed surgery soon, and that you can rest in Smokey’s live, and God’s.

  14. Michael says:

    Thanks for the kind words and comments.
    I’ve read them all…just resting up so I can get busy again…

  15. Muff Potter says:

    In solidarity with you.
    Count me in too.

  16. Em says:

    I think i will carry in my mind for the rest of my life the picture of this man sitting on the curb, waiting for his ride to the emergency room with a loving black cat sitting by his side

  17. Owen says:

    Michael, my friend, I feel your pain and you’re constantly in my prayers too.

    They had to shock me back when I was a week post-op, I had a-fib that wouldn’t quit.

    More recently, I was having arrhythmia on many different occasions, and the episodes grew longer and longer. They finally had to do several ablations. Things have generally calmed, at least now the fast/erratic rhythms only last less than a minute. They are still trying to figure out my diminishing energy – some days I pretty much have to stay down.

    And thank you for your good, good words you’ve given us in your post.

  18. Michael says:

    Thank you, Muff…Em, Smokey says hi…

  19. Michael says:


    I’ll be praying…I hope they get it all under control for you.
    This stuff is less than fun…

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