Saturday, March 1, 2008


Typical clinical features of influenza include fever (usually 100° F to 103° F in adults and often even higher in children), respiratory symptoms such as cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, headache, muscle aches, and fatigue, sometimes extreme. Yep, that's Jordan and I right now.

Over a week ago it was my youngest son, then my oldest son, then my wife, then my youngest son again, and now me. Thank God for Nathan, I let him know he'd be preaching and baptizing tomorrow. It'll be the first Sunday I've missed at Redeemer in my 10 years here.

I'm going back to bed.


Rick Calohan said...

Wow, 10 years without missing a Sunday, that’s at least 520 days to you and me. Not quite 2,130 consecutive games like Lou Gehrig, who debut on Friday, June 15, 1923 and his last game was on Sunday, April 30, 1939. That’s 829 Sundays.

So, just in case you want to keep your streak alive, you could do the call to worship from a sterile sound proof booth, then afterwards you could go home and rest at least you would still be in the lineup and maintain your streak.

This is how the “Iron Horse” Lou Gehrig did it.

On June 1 1925, Gehrig was sent in to pinch hit for light-hitting shortstop Paul "Pee Wee" Wanninger. The next day, June 2, Yankee manager Miller Huggins started Gehrig in place of regular first baseman Wally Pipp. Pipp was in a slump, as were the Yankees as a team, so Huggins made several lineup changes to boost their performance. Fourteen years later, Gehrig had played 2,130 consecutive games. In a few instances, Gehrig managed to keep the streak intact through pinch hitting appearances and fortuitous timing; in others, the streak continued despite injuries. Late in life, X-rays disclosed that Gehrig had sustained several fractures during his playing career. For example:

On April 23 1933, Washington Senators pitcher Earl Whitehall beaned Gehrig, knocking him nearly unconscious. Still, Gehrig recovered and was not removed from the game.

On June 14 1933, Gehrig was ejected from a game, along with manager Joe McCarthy, but he had already been at bat, so he got credit for playing the game.

On July 13 1934, Gehrig suffered a "lumbago attack" and had to be assisted off the field. In the next day's away game, he was listed in the lineup as "shortstop", batting lead-off. In his first and only plate appearance, he singled and was promptly replaced by a pinch runner to rest his throbbing back, never actually taking the field. A&E's Biography speculated that this illness, which he also described as "a cold in his back", might have been the first symptom of his debilitating disease.

Gehrig's record of 2,130 consecutive games played stood until September 6, 1995, when Baltimore Orioles shortstop Cal Ripken, Jr. played in his 2,131st consecutive game to establish a new record which I do not recognize since Ripken went on strike in 1994.

However on a serious note we pray that you and your family who maybe still suffering from influenza will recover soon.

O Thou who art the great Physician: Come and lay Thy hand upon Thy servant. Renew his strength and restore him to health, if it be Thy gracious will. Give him in the time of bodily weakness the renewal of Thy Spirit, and the upholding power of Thy love; and as all things work together for good to them that love Thee, so do Thou shed abroad in his heart Thy love, that out of this weakness he may grow strong in Thee and in the Thy love; for the sake of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Rick Calohan said...


I stand corrected considering the start and end of a baseball regular season, Lou Gehrig only played in 380 Consecutive Sundays from 1923-1939. So, in my book you are the new “Iron Horse!”

Frontier Forest said...

We missed you today Pastor! But not to worry, the Lord left us in very comfortable Currey Hands. Get to feeling better.

Lyle Burton said...

You were missed, of course, but Nathan did a great job filling in without skipping a beat! Get well soon!

Rick Calohan said...

I shall concur that in your abstentia Pastor Nathan’s exposition on Galatians 4: 1-7 as well as the rest of the service with special mention of the birth of my son made last Sunday, extremely special for me. In my book, you were there with us in spirit, in our thoughts, and in our prayers. At the rate you are going I guess it will take another 50 years in order to hear Nathan’s other five sermons on warming up in the bullpen.