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Letters From a Hospital Bed #11: Reflections From a 99 Year Old

Letters from a Hospital Bed is a series of reflections by Jim Houston, now entering his 100th year, in which Jim seeks to capture and reflect new insights of his ever-discoverable God, revealed through his own hospitalization, for the encouragement of all care givers.

An Exploration of the Strange Experience of Being Still…Well, More Still Than Normal!

January 27, 2022

Dear Friends;

Editors Note: This week, we thought it was only right and real for us to reflect the current reality for Dad. While he has been working on his writing for Easter, he has been quite challenged in this last phase of lockdown for the Omicron variant because of the lack of visitors. He has some engagement through emails and phone calls, but in the absence of in-person interaction, we notice that he struggles to remain present in a current sense. In the next few weeks, we will share some material that he has been working on for a while and we wondered about starting that this week, but we realize, as his friends, he can be with you as he really is which is more withdrawn and under-challenged by the routine of his daily life. The other day, he talked about being bored with the routine. I can’t remember ever hearing our Dad say he was “bored”! Never in over 60 years! We find that he thrives on the stimulus of questions, of invitations to address a question or an issue. As many of you know who have invited him to write or lecture on a subject, he heads off in all kinds of different directions than you may have intended, but the question is an on-ramp and Dad has been missing his familiar ‘on-ramps’. Like booster rockets, inquiry fuels his engine and then it kicks into high gear, still, to this day. So, for this ‘letter’ we thought we would just share where we are all at and invite your questions, your stimuli to Dad, to enquire his reflections on a subject or an issue. Feel free to post below, or send by email. In this way, we shape a dialogue, around, not from, his hospital bed.

With thanks

Jim's family

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