I just found out that a fellow elder that I served with at a church is diagnosed with ALS, Lou Gehrig's Disease.
This is a devastating disease...Stephen Hawking has it and has survived incredibly well. Most folks die in 3-5 years. I saw a woman who had been healed on a Christian show from it...so by God's grace, anything can happen. This fellow's name is Johan. Please keep him in prayer.
This kind of information comes to me often, as I coordinate a prayer ministry. It also hits me where I live, and often freaks me out...the enemy knows my weakness...fear of health concerns because of my long history of many illnesses. But God knows why He has placed this ministry on me; to face this stuff head on. It's really hard. I came into the world ill...hospitalized many times as an infant and apparently this is my battle. It's one that I'd like to win.
We all have battles of one sort or another....some are illness, some are from abuse, addiction, finances, whatever. It's hard for us to understand the battles of others if we're not familiar with that problem. The enemy knows just what to hit each of us with, though, doesn't he? One who suffers from abuse might never have a day's physical illness; and vice versa. All of us walking out completely different paths. It's a wonder we ever run into each other, isn't it? I guess the whole idea is to keep an eye out for each other.