Things I Think…

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  1. Patti says:

    To God be the glory! Continuing to pray for you…..

  2. Michael says:

    Thank you, Patti!

  3. pstrmike says:

    ” I will admit that one of the best things about waking up after the operation was knowing that there will be those who are disappointed I did…”


    Yep. I was considering the possibility of contending with some of your critics post mortem. Glad you are still here to live, love and fight another day….

    Remember that vision I had of heaven with Frisbee, Wimber, Smith, Hunt, and Manning all sitting together at a blackjack table, and happy to know they are not dealing you in. 😉

  4. Michael says:

    Thank you, pstrmike…the heavenly host is safe a little while longer… 🙂

  5. Em says:

    Glad, thanking our Lord, that Michael is still thinking. 🙏

  6. josh hamrick says:

    Thankful for your successful surgery, and continued prayers for your recover. Nothing to add to the thoughts except…Amen!

  7. Michael says:

    Thanks, Em!

  8. Michael says:

    Thank you, Josh!

  9. JD says:

    Thank you Jesus and on again with Him.

  10. Dan from Georgia says:

    Hi Michael. WIfe and I prayed for you and your recovery. Very nice thoughts here. Continued prayers for a good recovery!

  11. Dan from Georgia says:

    BTW…thought #6…I remember that comment and day so well. Stunning how God can work.

  12. Kevin H says:

    Michael, so glad that you came through the surgery and are still here with us. Praise God!

  13. Bob Sweat says:

    God bless you Michael!

  14. Michael says:

    Thanks, JD!

  15. Michael says:

    Kevin, Bob, Dan…thanks for being here….thanks for your prayers!

  16. parker says:

    Glad you’re still with us. You have helped me a lot over the years, and I am not ready to see you go yet. My hope and prayer for you is that your remaining years on this earth will be healthier and more comfortable.

  17. Michael says:

    Thank you, Parker…I plan on being here for some time now…

  18. Em says:

    Michael, again, don’t rush things (aren’t you glad i don’t live nearby?)
    These temps are an added incentive for me to pray for those headed for hell – it’s 112 in the shade here
    No wonder God says he takes no pleasure in the deaths in the wicked! ! !

  19. Duane Arnold says:


    We’ve travelled some miles together. Thankful that there are miles yet to go… God Bless and Keep.

  20. Duane Arnold says:

    O Lord, your compassions never fail and your mercies are
    new every morning: We give you thanks for giving our
    brother Michael both relief from pain and hope of health
    renewed. Continue in him, we pray, the good work you have
    begun; that he, daily increasing in bodily strength, and
    rejoicing in your goodness, may so order his life and conduct
    that he may always think and do those things that please
    you; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

    (BCP, 1979)

  21. Michael says:

    I’ll say the amen to both…and thank you.

  22. Em says:

    @ 1:51… Amen, Pastor Duane, amen

  23. Michael says:


    It’s down to 98 now…
    Trust me, I’m not doing much…still sleeping most of the day…

  24. Elena says:

    Welcome back Michael!
    I had to LOL at #7…

  25. Michael says:

    Thank you, Elena…you know I had to throw that one in… 🙂

  26. Dave says:


    Your well-being was on my heart and in my prayers this morning. Such great news to read of now, brother!

  27. Michael says:

    Thank you, Dave!

  28. Linn says:

    I’m so glad to hear that you are better! Cat lovers like you are needed in this world! Here’s to a speedy recovery.

  29. Alan says:


    It is good to have your own words back in the camp. The weather turned to fire and brimstone in your void. Now it can return to these pages upon the duly appointed.

    Rise and walk my friend.

  30. Michael says:

    Thank you, Linn!

  31. Michael says:

    Thank you, Alan…I will try to keep us all warm my friend!

  32. Muff Potter says:

    @ Nr. 7:
    How can people be so cruel as to wish ill on you?
    Do they not know that a black heart will eventually destroy them?
    I am convinced that The Almighty hates the black heart of cruelty the most.

  33. Filbertz says:

    Thankful and moved to do better…

  34. pslady says:

    Praise be to God that you are on your way to recovery…so wonderful to read your words again Michael!

  35. Em says:

    pslady, AMEN
    Reminds me of an old saying:
    “God isn’t finished with me yet!”

  36. Linnea says:

    Michael…so good to hear from you and so good to know that you are on the road to recovery. We pray for you every day…

  37. Michael says:

    Thank you Muff, fil…glad to still have your company.

  38. Michael says:

    Thank you pslady and Linnea…today has been a lay down day but it will get better…

  39. Chris Long says:

    Blessings Michael! Praying for your continued speedy recovery.

  40. Outside T. Fold says:

    It’s good to hear from you at more length, Michael of the Titanium Wrapped Ribs. To your #5, about that scar, my patient has similar tho they’re both in front, making an exclamation point. (We both call him “Exclamation man!” and use sound effects like the ones Victor Borge makes in this skit on phonetic punctuation. You may find your scar punctuation is different what with different locations. The sound I refer to happens within the first minute.)

    Take it easy easy easy Michael of the Titanium-wrapped ribs, and do whatever rehab they have for you (walking?), and not much else. 💓

    Yours in the fulness of wellness and a heart that goes glub-dub,

    Outside T. Fold

  41. Outside T. Fold says:

    drat. I forgot to paste the Victor Borge phonetic punctuation link. tee hee hee.

  42. The New Victor says:

    The kids and I, especially S11, who is the most sweet and guileless of us, continue to pray for you Michael.

  43. brian says:

    I will share this Michael saved me, I would have given me up and Michael has far more intellectual integrity to let this one slid. I want those I have worked with to be “redeemed”, they don’t need to be redeemed if they do we better get a different God. I consider it all in what I view as God. I would be glad to this as well.

  44. Michael says:

    Thanks, Chris!

  45. Michael says:


    Thank you and bless your children for me…that is a sweet picture indeed…

  46. Michael says:


    Much love to you…the ones you love were redeemed before we ever got on the scene…and you will join them in worshipping the Redeemer…

  47. Owen says:

    Michael, it’s so, so good to see you back!! Much prayer has gone up for you and continues to do so. Prayers for your continued and hopefully expedited recovery.

    Your surgery scars are pretty much exactly like mine, 9 years ago. Although my surgeon must have done an excellent job sewing me back up, the main scar has all but disappeared.

    Take it easy, my friend.

  48. Michael says:

    Thank you, Owen!
    My main issue now is exhaustion, but I hope that passes as the anesthesia and Oxycodone leave…

  49. Owen says:

    I remember the exhaustion well, Michael. It will pass in time. I think I remember mine lasting 2-3 weeks, yours might be longer as you’re quite a bit older than I was.
    Did they add any heart meds? They had me on two different ones to lower my BP for recovery.

  50. Xenia says:

    If one’s guide for living is the Bill of Rights and not the Beatitudes, one has a false Gospel.

    Compare the Declaration of Independence with the Beatitudes. Very few areas of compatibility.

  51. jtk says:

    The best writing from you I can think of.

    Hearing gratitude from you is such a beautiful thing (and that’s not a passive aggressive insult)

    I’m praying for you,

  52. Michael says:

    Thank you, jtk!

  53. EricL says:

    So great to hear that you are recovering from successful surgery. To misquote the title of a Charles Schulz show, “You’re a good man, Michael Newnham.”

  54. Em says:

    EricL, more importantly, i think, Michael is a proper God fearing man …… ?

  55. Michael says:

    Thanks, EricL…I try… 🙂

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