Hearing the diagnosis of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis can be like having a cold bucket of water dumped on your head.
There was a dear lady when we served in Louisiana that I would call and ask how she was and she would respond, “Brother John, we are just here falling apart, but otherwise we are doing just fine.” After unexplainable falls and failing health Mrs. Rosita Bruhl was eventually diagnosed with ALS, popularly referred to as Lou Gherig’s disease. Throughout her final days I never once heard her complain or ask “why me?” Her faith and trust in the Great Physician, Jesus, was inspiring and infectious.
Mrs. Rosita was right, we are all falling apart and will one day or another be swept away in the iciness of death, but those who believe in the redeeming work of Jesus will be welcomed in to the warmth of his presence – a presence where there are no tears, no death, crying, or pain.
In the meantime, in God’s common grace, we have an opportunity to raise awareness and further learn how to treat and diagnose this dreaded disease. So in memory of Mrs. Rosita and Dr. Larry Kennedy of William Carey College, I gladly accept this challenge and encourage you also to read the attached article from the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention and donate to one of the recommended research groups.