How Much Pain Can You Handle?

Mark 7:24-37 – The 15th Sunday after Pentecost – for Sunday, September 6, 2015

“Looking into heaven, Jesus sighed deeply and said, ‘Ephphatha,’ which means, ‘Open up.’” (Mark 7:34)

Anticipatory pain!
Anticipatory pain!

As an aging baby boomer, the infrequent conversations with my doctor frequently include the dreaded five-syllable “C” word.

Yes, a colonoscopy.

In my first colonoscopy oh so long ago, one or two persnickety polyps were found. Though minor red flags, the gastroenterologist said he removed them and I had nothing to worry about. Wrong. If there hadn’t been polyps, I could’ve avoided another colonoscopy for at least a decade. Frankly I’m fond of procrastination. It’s one of my favorite five-syllable words.

Unfortunately, polyps meant follow-up exams.

I had another this year. Such a joy, joy, joy down in my . . . Continue reading →