I'm drawn to people with stories who are facing these bigger than life-sized challenges. And that's why I added the blog of Pastor Ed Dobson to the blogroll on this blog. You'll find it by scrolling down in the right margin.Are you facing a bigger than life challenge today? I think of the people in Marysville, Indiana who lost everything to a tornado over the week. Their whole town was wiped out. There are people facing severe health problems with huge suffering and no answers in site. The list could go on and on.
Pastor Dobson has a nasty, degenerative disease called ALS. Hearing it described, it sounds like wading through the fires of hell before you die. He writes about it in his blog. Now like a lot of blogs, it hasn't been updated in a few months. But his posts are timeless. He's a real guy who's facing a disease that can shove you through the door to the dark side.
I found this quote on his blog:
I’m not afraid of being dead. It’s getting dead that bothers me. For me, “getting dead” involves choices about wheelchairs, communication assistance, feeding tubes and breathing assistance. It’s not pleasant when I think of the future. Of course, I try to ignore it but the underlying reality is always there.
He does share how he deals with this. It's very real. He's not always, "Glory Alleulia" and "Onward Christian Soldiers" and "Thank-you God for giving me this disease."
Even though his blog hasn't been updated in a while, I will keep it in my blogroll as a reminder on facing obstacles. I've seen a few, but none like his. Perhaps, others might find it helpful.