The collapse of the publishing company has kept my book from getting released just before Lent as I had been anticipating. I was looking forward to having my book available to people who attend the retreats and parish missions that I lead. I wanted it to be a resource which would encourage them in their own dark days of suffering and affliction. Unfortunately, with the closing of the publishing company I am back to square one as opposed to my book being released on February 28.
My Lenten schedule is full so I was going to attempt to get some rest and relaxation in the warm sunshine this week before things really ramp up. I attended all of the pro-life activities on Friday and Saturday in Cheyenne. I came home Saturday evening after the pro-life banquet and immediately finished packing and loading the car so I could leave early Sunday morning. I was going to drive to Missouri to pick up my brother-in-law and then we would head to Gulfport, Mississippi where the forecast was for three days of sunshine with high temperatures of 70 degrees. My body could already get a sense of the heat and humidity.
Sadly, as I finished loading the car and got ready for bed, I suddenly knew something was not right. I could feel that my heart was back in atrial fibrillation. My prayers for it to go back into rhythm on its own were not answered in the manner in which I had desired. It would require some medical assistance. Vacation had to be cancelled.
In the midst of these obstacles I am striving to discern any relevant spiritual aspects connected to these events. It is at least a reminder that as aggravation and frustration enter into the picture, I must root myself even more deeply in prayer to combat any spiritual assault that is involved.
I do not have any pictures of the Gulf of Mexico to share with you, but I can share some morning photos of beautiful Cheyenne, Wyoming. Have a blessed start to your February!