Howard Carter is a Presbyterian minister and church planter in Auckland New Zealand. In this blog he reflects on God, life, the scriptures, family, Church and church planting, film and media and other stuff. Join him as he reflects on the Journey.
Sunday, August 26, 2012
What A Week It's Been... But God is still Good
“Above all else guard your heart, for
it is the wellspring of life” Proverbs 4:23
‘The treadmill test is just a
walk in the park,’ the doctor had said, ‘ a mere formality. There is nothing
wrong with your heart’… well that wasn’t that reassuring because I had been
referred to the Cardio unit at Greenlane by my GP because I’d gone to him
complaining of shortness of breath when I’d been out walking in the park… then
six minutes into the treadmill test the technicians had stopped it told me I’d
better lie down and called the Doctor to come in urgently… That was the
beginning of quite a week in the Carter family’s life.
A phone call on Tuesday then
into hospital on Wednesday for an Angiogram, informed that,” yes there is
nothing wrong with my heart, it’s just the plumbing round it is blocked up.”
Told I was in the grey area between fixing it with Stents and a bypass
operation, they’d get back to me on that one. Then Kris went to the doctor on
Friday, and ended up in hospital overnight with various tests being run. In the
end they could find nothing wrong with her, her heart was 3% bigger than the
average. “So they put us through that to tell us our Mum has a big heart, we
could have told them that”, say the kids. Still it is good to know Kris is OK.
But in the midst of this we
have felt the presence of God:Shown
through the prayers and care of our church family at St Peter’s (thanks). Shown
through a great GP, who is a good Christian man and the provision of a public
health system, full of excellent doctors and medical staff. People emailing me
and when I’ve told them what has been going on they have said, no wonder you’ve
been on our heart so much this week.
In the next while I’ll be going into hospital to
have some stents put into my arteries (they are going for the repaving option
rather than the bypass as I told my brother in law who is a roading
contractor). In one day out the next unable to drive for 48hrs after that and
then I should find a whole new lease on life and be full of energy…. Look out
soon I’ll be firing on all cylinders.
Howard Carter is a Presbyterian Minister in his early fifties. He is the minister at St Peter's Presbyterian Church Ellerslie Mt Wellington. A congregaion that is wanting to face the challange of being Christ's body in a twenty first century, multi-cultural, multi-generational, suburban environment. "it's challanging", says Howard, "I feel totally inadiquate, but rely on Jesus, who is able to be strong in my weakness".
Yes he's married to Kris and has four children. So he'sboth blessed and busy.
Howard posts the messages he preaches on Sundays (the long posts with heaps of images), the occasional reflection, prayers he writes for services (when he's in a liturgical mood) and movie review.