Since my dad's diagnosis on May 5, 2008, our phone has been ringing off the hook with supportive and loving people wanting to know how he is doing. I thought an online blog to keep people updated on his status would be more efficient and a bit easier on my mom, dad and Emily!
For those of you just tuning in, my dad, Jesse Morales, was diagnosed with ALS, commonly known as Lou Gehrig's disease. He first started noticing a loss of strength in his hands last January. After several visits to the family doctor, a neurologist and an ALS Specialist, we found the reason for it. We were told that the average lifespan after diagnosis is 3-5 years. Naturally, we were shocked and saddened by this news, but in the midst of this tragedy, God has still shown himself faithful.
When my dad first shared the news with me, he said, "Steph, get into the Word!" He shared with me a passage out of Luke 18, the Parable of the Persistent Widow. Here is an excerpt from it:
"Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up . . . . . . . And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off? I tell you, he will see that they get justice, and quickly."
I find that we seem to seek God more desperately immediately following a crisis. As time passes, we tend to adjust and accept the reality of situations. I pray that this is not my attitude and that I will continue to ask for healing until the day I see it.
I hope that you will join my family in lifting my dad up to the Lord in prayer every time you think of him!