Tuesday, January 15, 2013


Sciatica is no fun...so if you google this term and found me, well, here's my story.  It came on suddenly. I was getting out of my car, Thursday evening after work and bang, it hit me.  A soaring pain in my back which as I walked spread down my right leg and caused muscle spasm in my back. This is typical I was later to find out.

I just refused to do nothing, but that is pretty much what I did for a couple of days, except, I did take ibuprophen and dragged myself to work.  Well, dragged is a hyperbole because in reality I was able to walk slowing but I was under a great deal of pain until the ibuprophen kicked in.   Fortunately, last Friday, I was giving a mid-term exam so I was basically sitting most of the time and that made work bearable.  Then I rested the whole day Saturday.  On Sunday, feeling somewhat better I went to church, sleeping in and then later napping.  When Monday came around, I didn't feel well, so I called the doctor.  While I waited for a response I googled sciatica, and found that they have exercises to relieve the pressure on the sciatica nerve which is deeply embedded within the hips and buttocks.  Fortunately I found a series of exercises that are easy to do and only take about 10 minutes to perform.  The best part is how effective these movements are and how quickly they remove the pain because they remove the pressure.

So if you want to learn more on what the sciatica nerve is and how to get rid of the pain without medication.  I found a very informative article on the Medicine Net that helped me understand what was going on. Then I located some gentle nonstrenous exercises that I could do to relieve the pressure on the nerve on You Tube.. this first one isn't the one I originally found but it works.
You Tube 1
You Tube 2 Wow  The second one is very clear and easy.

Monday, January 14, 2013

If Time and Money were not the Limit

What would I like to do if time nor money were the limit?
I would like to go to Israel
and walk where you walked
and take my shoes off
and let the dust sink between my toes
and know it was holy

I would like to see the Shekina glory as it followed under the cloud
in the wilderness
I would like to sit in the crowd
and listen to you speak from the boat
or walk on the water with Peter
or listen in as you spoke to Moses
and told him your name
or marched around Jericho on that hot dusty day
or watched a patriarch lay a stone on the other
side of the Jordan
or listen to Jacob tell of his stories of his sons
or about his brother Esau or
about his dreams or
witnessed when Naaman came out of the water
his healed skin just like a baby
or see you open your bright eyes
or held you so Mary could rest then
later get lost in Jerusalem while you spoke
with wisdom
I would have loved to see you put
mud mixed with spit on blind eyes
only for them to be opened and see!

or maybe walk with you on the
road to Emmaus after your resurrection..
that would be a dream
to talk to you and hear your voice
but if I can not do any of those things
I can imagine them for sure
and maybe I can some day talk to those that did

but for now I can remember you said
if I did it to the least of these
I did it to you

So then,  I will hold a baby to give some one else some rest
and listen to somebody's stories
those very same stories of your glory shining like the
Shekina of old
and go to some meeting
and listen about the meek who will inherit the earth
just like you said
dress the naked
feed the hungry
forgive those who have traspassed against us
believe you can move mountains
with the faith of a mustard seed
and perhaps then I will walk where you walked
and take off my shoes and know
it is holy