Archive for April, 2009

Wednesday April 29

April 29, 2009

Cool this morning, but not bad for a walk.  Today it was out to the lake and back.  33 minutes.  2 days of at least 30 minutes of exercise.  Maybe I can do this.  It does feel good.

We had three people make a health pledge last Sunday.  I’d be interested in how you are doing.  Add a comment to this post if you are starting something new or if you are already part of the wellness walk at Franciscan Skemp or are involved in another fitness program or activity.  What do you do to live healthily?

Tuesday April 28

April 29, 2009

Gorgeous day! The morning found me at the Onalaska Fitness Center where we have a membership. 15 minutes on the treadmill at 3.8 mph translates into roughly a mile. Before supper it was out for a walk around our block which is roughly a mile walk as well. So 30 minutes of cardio on Tuesday, plus some strength things at the fitness center.


April 28, 2009

I had a call from my Dentist today that he had a cancellation and I could get a tooth refilled. My dentist is a block and a half away. I was in a hurry. I could have driven.  I might have.  Instead. concious of this Road to Emmaus, I took two walks that added up to 7 minutes of exercise.  Okay that’s not enough.  But it is a start.

April 25, 2009

Welcome to Road2Emmaus 2009.  The following article is published in the May, 2009 issue of Our Savior’s Voice

“With the coming of Spring, many of us are feeling a sense of renewal and rejuvenation. In this season in worship our readings point us to what’s new because God raised Jesus from the dead. Resurrection isn’t just for some day; it’s also for now and for this life.

“It’s in this spirit that our new Health Concerns team sponsored a Sunday Forum looking at important health risks, the risk of Type 2 Diabetes. As a person who is at the age where that risk rises, I find it important to get this information.

“But more important than information is doing those things that will reduce the risk of that disease. Many of those activities would also reduce the risk of a variety of cardio vascular diseases and other diseases as well.

“It’s in that spirit that we are resurrecting the blog at Some of you will remember that this blog was a way in which I kept in contact with you while on sabbatical last summer. It marked my sabbatical experiences, a walking program that I did, and encouraged a variety of ways to pray.

“In the Bible 40 is often an important number. Noah was in the ark for 40 days, the people of God wandered in the wilderness for 40 years. We have 40 days in Lent. It’s 40 days between Easter and Jesus ascension.

“On April 26, Pastor Marty reminded us of Jesus’ resurrection appearance to his disciples on the road to Emmaus. Beginning that day it’s about 40 days to Trinity Sunday on June 7. Could we use these days to both improve our physical health and our spiritual health? Could we covenant together for those 40 days to again be on the road to Emmaus, to walk in some sense with Jesus in these resurrection days?

“Could this be a time of renewal for us? Would you increase your walking or exericise time with me? That might be a matter of walking to the mailbox twice a day instead of once. It might be a daily walk around the block or up the street or even around the house? Could we increase that walk over these seven weeks?

“And could we find ourselves in contemplation during this time of new life on what God has done for us and continues to do for us?

“On the blog I’ll again provide some reports about my own experiences during these weeks, both successes and failures. I’ll make some suggestions for what we might think about on our walks.

“I’d really like to invite you to join in the blogging as well. I’d be very interested in having you comment often so that we might create a community of Emmaus people giving thanks to God by caring for our physical and spiritual health. We also can provide a scorecard for you to keep track of your progress.

“We plan to be in the “land where Jesus walked” this summer. These weeks will be a good preparation for that.

“God has created us for life on this planet. God is interested in our living as wholly and healthily as we can in our broken world. I’d like to praise God by living this way in the resurrection. Would you join me?

Pastor Dave

April 25, 2009


Checking in

April 22, 2009

I’m planning on reactivating this blog so that we can plan together for a healthier life style. The next post will be an article that will appear in Our Savior’s newsletter “Our Savior’s Voice” for May. I hope you will join me as you can for this activity. Feel free to comment on your own involvement.