First, I want to thank everyone for you terrific comments on Wednesday’s blog. You guys are so awesome and gave me tons of things to read and think about!
Second, I want to apologize for being so late with this blog. To be honest, I have just been at a loss for words.
For the past couple of weeks something has been weighing heavily on my heart. Just last night we got some news that just really tears at me.
Chris is friends with a guy who works for the company he hauls for. Chris first met Greg shortly after we were baptized and starting this new journey in our lives. Greg is a religious man and takes great joys in sharing the Lord with people. Chris and Greg became fast friends. Not friends in the sense that they hang out all the time, but friends in the sense of knowing you have someone else in your corner in this crazy world.
About 6 weeks ago, Greg came down with bronchitis. We had some extra ribs from when we barbecued for my aunts, so Chris and I drove them over to Greg’s. When Chris took the ribs to the door, Greg looked and sounded horrible. Coughing and hacking just looked tired and wore out. Sometime over the next week Greg was admitted to the hospital for pneumonia. His pneumonia was so bad, they actually transferred him to Parkland in Dallas, TX. Once there, they pretty well told him that what ever was going on with him was cardiac in nature and discharged him the next day.
Thus began Greg and his wifes quest to find out what was going on with him. After countless doctors visits they were told that Greg has an enlarged heart. The angioscope that was performed on him did not discover any blockages. Greg’s official diagnosis is unexplained cardiomyopathy. Basically this man, who is in his early 40’s, was told he has the heart of a man about 98 years old. One doctor even told them that he has the worst case of cardiomyopathy that he has ever seen.
Greg and his wife, Melissa, have 2 small girls ages 7 and 4. They had been struggling since moving to Abilene, because Melissa had been unable to find a job that would accommodate 2 small kids and a husband that works nights. At the beginning of August, Melissa finally was offered a position at Abilene High School, teaching pre-nursing classes. Things were starting to fall into place for them, then they were hit with all this.
Greg has been unable to work in 6 weeks. Melissa reports that he gets too short of breath to even talk on the phone. Currently he is being treated with medications and is taking the steps necessary to be placed on a transplant list.
The Lord has led Chris and my hearts to this family. So much so, we are considering asking some of the elders from our church, Beltway Park Baptist Church, to go over and lay hands on Greg and pray for him.
Please keep Greg, Melissa and their family in your thoughts and prayers.
On a lighter note, since starting my “life style alteration” I have lost 3 lbs. I don’t know how because I haven’t been going to the gym due to everyone being sick last week and my being sick this week. But, I’ll take what I can get!
Do you believe in the healing power of prayer? Do you believe in laying hands on during prayer?
What can I offer to this family to help ease their worry and pain, but more importantly to encourage them to hold tight to their faith?
Hope everyone has a great weekend! Talk to ya’ll Monday, for sure!