Thank you so much for your prayers and concern on my behalf! The surgery went well and I am now home and on the mend as I faithfully digest antibiotics and pain relievers.
For those that are interested in the details, here is a snapshot! This past Thursday I underwent a somewhat tedious 5 hour surgery to remove a salivary gland tumor that had taken up uninvited residence in front of my left ear. Although the tumor was larger than expected, it was successfully removed and I am delighted to report that it was benign.
The incision is somewhat extensive as it travels in front of my ear, behind the ear and then down the neck – but guys are supposed to have that rugged look, aren’t they? The sutures will be removed on Friday and a complete healing is anticipated. A numbness in my ear is the only permanent after effect to be expected.
What have I learned from this surgical journey? Here goes…
As a pastor, I have made countless visits to hospitals rooms and ICU units and have prayed with confidence on behalf of others as they approached surgery. And to be candid, I am very comfortable standing on that side of the hospital bed offering scriptural encouragement! It’s quite different, however, when the pastor becomes the patient; when the encourager is the one in need of encouragement. The perspective makes all the difference in the world as anxiety and fear takes on a different persona as you are the one now undergoing uncertain treatment. But hear this, God’s promises of protection and presence are real – despite the outcome or the circumstances. His love and care for His children is boundless and without measure! If you need to be reminded of His love, just listen to Isaiah 43:
Fear not, for I have redeemed you;
I have called you by your name;
You are Mine.
When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
And through the rivers, they shall not overflow you.
When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned,
Nor shall the flame scorch you.
For I am the LORD your God,
The Holy One of Israel, your Savior;
I gave Egypt for your ransom,
Ethiopia and Seba in your place.
Since you were precious in My sight,
You have been honored,
And I have loved you;
Therefore I will give men for you,
And people for your life.
Thanks so much for your continued prayers.
Stay the Course,
Dr. Greg Morris