I am getting a few folks asking why I don’t respond quicker…and they are right. Of late, I sometimes get backed up to two weeks behind on emails. I have to ask you to bear with me. There is the visible side of this and what is behind the scenes. I did an analysis of how many requests and comments I am responding to right now on a daily basis, in hopes of getting more efficient. Just in the last few weeks, I get at least 200 emails and comments a day that need responses. On busy days, it can spike to near 500. That is in addition to any phone calls, writing posts, and daily errands and other projects. I did the math and I think God must be collapsing time a little – for when I got the numbers, I did not see how to increase efficiency; rather, I really don’t know how it gets done at all.
Many of the requests I get are from people in deep pain or with great sorrows – or very serious questions. As best I can, I want to give a real, considered and prayerful answer rather than becoming pro forma. Frankly, as things get closer, the need gets ever greater. Again, to the best of my ability I give individual and thought out responses to the deep troubles people confide to me. Please be patient with me. Several have told me I should get some people to help respond. That day will probably come, but I am conscious that, while we are on the border of desperate troubles, people who write me want to hear from me, not my designee. Frankly, the grace with which some of you are enlarging your souls tell me that the time will come when more than a few of you can help with those responses. But for now – and for as long as it is reasonably possible – I will do it myself. And I will not start giving short, form responses to try to save time. So I ask that you have patience with me.