From the Mountaintop

I’m writing this from my son Zach’s house in Durham early on Friday morning with much gratitude and joy. Our grandson Rowan Steven Giles was born by C-section on Tuesday evening, some 8 weeks premature. Just 3 lbs, 3 oz, and not quite 16 inches. He’s a little guy, but a healthy one, they are telling us. He’s breathing without assistance.

Right now Rowan is living in a little plastic bubble in the Intensive Care Nursery at Duke Hospital. It is reassuring to know he is getting the very best possible care. In a week or so he’ll move to Duke Regional Hospital, which is the old Durham Regional, the local hospital, which will be good for Zach, Rhiannon, and big sister Lorelei, as it is only a mile from their home. He’ll spend a few weeks or more there before heading home.

Many thanks to all who have prayed for our family during these sometimes anxious days. We appreciate your continuing prayers for Rhiannon’s healing and Rowan’s growth.

We’re heading home this morning. I’ll conduct a celebration of Russell Burson’s life tomorrow, and will be looking forward to a great day on Sunday. I remember last year’s children’s music program, and know that this year’s program “Floodlight” will be just as thrilling and inspirational. Remember, there are two Sunday morning services this week, one at 8:40 in the gym and one at 11:00 in the sanctuary. And Sunday afternoon at 4:00 I plan to be back in our sanctuary for the Haywood Community Chorus’s Bluegrass Mass—something new and different!

Great things are always happening at First Church! As the late Wright Spears often said to me, “We go from peak to peak!” Join us on Sunday for these mountaintop experiences!

See You Sunday With a Friend,


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