I had the privilege yesterday of attending Kristian Anderson’s funeral at C3 Church Oxford Falls here in Sydney. I was not alone. To my eye there were approximately 2000 people in attendance, astounding for a workday during Christmas school holidays.
My friend Thomas recently alerted me to Ed’s story. Ed is an American pastor, family man, all round good guy whose great joy it is to care for his people.
Ed noticed the progressive onset of symptoms of muscle weakness and twitching and after a series of investigations was devastated to learn that he had developed Lou Gehrig’s or Motor neuron disease.
On Christmas Day 1939 in one of the coldest winters in England’s recorded history King George VI addressed the British people. Hitler was poised to unleash the Luftwaffe on Britain and the people needed a strong leader, a steady hand and the best possible advice. With faltering voice but iron resolve he gave the following counsel:
My friend Steve does a great job of running Hismen AM at Dayspring church here in Sydney. We meet early one morning each week to pray, seek God’s direction and support one another. Steve had a vision, his first I believe. It was of a down hill skier. The man gathered speed and as he approached the end of his run realized it was in fact a ski jump which launched him to higher levels of life and experience than he had previously known. That word I believe is prophetic for so many as they entrust themselves to God and His Holy Spirit.
During a neurology term my young friend Sam, a final year medical student, read The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat by the eminent British neurologist, Dr Oliver Sacks. Sacks told of a patient with Korsakoff’s psychosis who had total retrograde loss of memory back to the year 1945.