A WAR WITHOUT DISCHARGE
By Ken Blue
“There is no man that hath power over the spirit to retain the spirit; neither hath he power in the day of death: and there is no discharge in that war…” Ecclesiastes 8:8.
This war for my life started about three years ago when I was diagnosed with the deadly neurological disease, ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. I thank God for the hundreds of believers who have and are praying for me daily. However, the war goes on and each month I lose some ground. It has now reduced me to a walker, a wheelchair, and it seems it has begun its attack in my throat.
Each night is filled with interrupted sleep caused by back pain and lower body spasms. My own prayers and those of my friends do not appear to lessen the strength of my Enemy. I am not confused; there is no discharge from this war.
However, while there is no discharge, God does send in His comforters to support me. These consist of the excellent doctors and support staff that treats me. My wife assists me in every way she can by helping with my daily needs. Then, there is the knowledge that you are praying for me while I fight this battle. Although there is no discharge, these are God’s gifts of grace for this present war. Even today, I thanked God for the handicap bars in a public bathroom to assist those of us who need them.
If the Lord tarries, I will continue to lose in this battle, but I shall have been blessed because of you. This is not an attempt to seek sympathy, but rather to praise God for His comforters and a thank-you note for all who work to comfort me in this war, from which there is no discharge. Please continue to pray for Joyce, my dear wife and for me. Lord willing, I will keep you updated on this battle.
Pastor Ken Blue was born in Boswell, Ark. In 1955 he accepted Christ as his Savior. He and his wife Joyce were married in 1955. They have 5 children. He graduated from Midwestern Baptist Bible College in 1969 and started the Open Door Baptist Church in Lynnwood, Wa. where he pastored for 39 years. Because of health issues (ALS) he was forced to resign as pastor. It is his desire to continue to be used of God to help pastors and believers through this ministry.
Al Hughes says
Brother Blue, You and your dear wife are in my prayers. You have been a blessing to me for most of my life. I love you, dear friend.
Barb and Sal says
Your are certainly in a battle Pastor Blue and want you to know we are praying for you and Joyce! So glad for the truth Romans 8 that ‘nothing shall be able to seperate us from the love of God’!
Barb Hughes says
Still praying for you, Bro Blue. Your friendship has been such a stability in our life! We dearly appreciate you and your family!
Dean Moe says
Brother Blue, Jenifer and I will be with you in prayer as you continue this battle. I know that you will continue to be a mighty warrior for as long as the Lord keeps you in the battle. I appreciate your insights and am privileged to be able to call you friend.
Sharon Matey says
I remember you saying that you liked the song “He Was There All The Time”…that was true even before I knew Him as my Lord.
I am learning to trust Him in different ways today. I believe He hears and answers our requests. It is a great privilege to pray for you and Joyce.
In June, John and I will be surrounded with our four kids and 14 grandchildren (oldest one is 13) so remember us in prayer! We all love you and sometime during the week we will recall good times at ODBC.
Much love and affection.
In His Name. Sharon