Health and Fellowship

Laura and I regularly inquire of one another concerning of our respective contributions to “The Serenity of Knowing.” Recently we explored fellowship and the work that she and I are creating. She also wanted my take on how I see those elements as fitting in with the precarious balance of my health.

First of all, I see our mission for “The Serenity of Knowing” as being in fellowship with communities of both believers and non-believers. My home at St. Peter’s allows me a place to blur the lines between doubt and certainty as I stumble through a myriad of biblical contradictions. Many in this congregation have led me in and out of that light to the great benefit of mutual understanding.

The part about health is very much a question of time. I’m constantly racing to complete pages in order to accommodate doctor’s visits, various therapies, and rest. In reality, I’m probably racing to complete pages before mortality catches up with me. Sometimes it happens that even with the racing things finally go unfinished. That’s life. I embrace it.

As published in the February 2011 issue of "St. Peter's Press," the monthly newsletter of St. Peter's Presbyterian Church in Spencertown, New York. At the time of publication Phillip was working on The Book of the Prophet Jeremiah.