6 Lessons I learned on the Way to Church in Franklin, TN

shutterstock_40305289I love Franklin TN. I love the people. I love the beautiful country homes. I love the history.

Evidently a lot of people love Franklin, because the population has grown exponentially. The city planners realized this so they planned to do construction on all the roads leading to and from Franklin. Someone in those planning meetings then came up with an idea,

Let’s do the all the construction at once! That way we can bring traffic to a complete standstill.”

The Power of a Gallery of One!

IMG_4958My wife, Diane, plays in a women’s golf league at Forrest Crossing in Franklin on Tuesday of every week. It was on one of those Tuesdays that I found myself driving past the golf course after finishing a morning of errands and meetings.

On a whim, I pulled into the parking lot and talked one of the staff into giving me a cart. Dodging errant drivers, I drove backward on the course until I saw Diane’s group approaching. I pulled off the cart path and planted myself on a little hill beside the green. 

Who’s in control?

I couldn’t move. I lay strapped to the hospital bed, conIMG_5626nected to the world only through a set of tubes that led to blipping machines and bags of fluid. I couldn’t actually see the tubes or the machines, but somehow I knew they were there.

Muffled shouts and screams were coming from the corridor. I couldn’t smell smoke, but I knew there was a fire because the sound of a fire bell swelled and ebbed in rhythm with my level of consciousness.  I struggled to wake up and heard a door open. That let in the full fury of the fire bell, and I was startled into a greater state of wakefulness.