There are life stories and then there are situation stories. What I mean is that sometimes a person’s life is a great story worth telling. And sometimes a person’s situation is a great story, also worth telling. And sometimes the two collide and a great person and a great story are so compelling that is drives us to action. I pray tonight as I write and tomorrow as you read that this post would affect you in significant ways.
Ed Dobson has been a Moody Bible “Pastor of the Year.” He was an advisory editor for Christianity Today and a consulting editor for Leadership magazine. Pastors aren’t in the business for these types of accolades, but when they happen they should be noted and should add some context to this person’s life. I had no idea who Ed was while he was a pastor. But then his situation happened. Earlier I called it a “great” story. It’s not great as in a good thing. It’s great in its magnitude; it’s great in its opportunity. Easy for me to say. Great in this case is ALS. I wonder if Ed would call it great? Having never met the man, I bet he would.
Eleven years ago Ed was experiencing twitching in his muscles. Within weeks, he was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, ALS – you may know it as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. According to Ed: “There is no way to describe the hopeless feeling of knowing that you only have a few years to live, and most of that time will be in the disabled condition.” Eleven years ago he was given two to five years to live. Do the math. God wants Ed around a little longer.
The films that Flannel produce are first class. But there is extra gravity to this series. Some people have a great story to tell. Some people have a great situation that needs to be told. And then there’s Ed’s story. When you see and hear Ed’s story and his commentary on the situation, there’s an undeniable presence of authority, of experience, of knowledge that only comes from God.
I want people to see these films. I want people to help fund these films. They’ve filmed five and don’t have the money to film the last two. Let’s work together, let’s share this post, let’s buy some tickets so others can watch. Today I’m giving away ten free viewings for anyone who wants to watch. No obligation to donate. I just hope you consider and I hope you share. Thanks for reading. Ping me on Facebook, Twitter, or through the blog and I’ll email you a code to watch.
You can watch films one and two today for FREE! Below is called “It Ain’t Over” and after that you can watch “Consider the Birds.”
Consider the Birds can be viewed on Flannel’s website.
For $7 you can have the first FIVE films!
And for a donation of any size, you’ll get the biggest online hi-five I can deliver. Thanks again for reading.
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