thoughts before my surgery

Tomorrow at 1:00pm, I will undergo surgery to remove a polyp that developed on my left vocal fold this past fall. The song in the video above has been going through my mind as the words fit this situation so well. The video is from a worship service at Dogwood Church almost 6 years ago.

My recovery will take awhile. For the first 4 days, I will have to be completely silent–no singing or speaking. Days 5-7, I can utter 1-2 words a few times a day. Week 2, I can speak at about the level of an extreme introvert (1 on a scale of 1-7); the next week I can go to a 2; the next, 3 and so on. It will be at least 6-8 weeks before I will be able to lead worship again.

The surgery should restore my vocal abilities significantly, but there is a slight chance of severe complications. No matter the outcome, the words to another song come to mind–“you give and take away, blessed be the name of the Lord.”