Life may be messy. 1978 graduate Ken Erny is aware of that firsthand.
Ken first discovered the messiness of life as a member of the boys’s tennis crew. He withstood snow, rain, and 70-mile-per-hour winds, however completed his match. Or the time he broke his wrist on his technique to one other match, which ended his probability to play
on the NAIA nationwide event.
Then males’s coach Murray Murdoch, (who additionally occurs to be a Distinguished Professor of Historical past and Authorities) drove Ken to the hospital within the early morning hours for medical care. Then he took him out to breakfast
These earliest experiences ready Ken for embracing recent unknown challenges, beginning two brand-new soccer applications at excessive faculties in Michigan. By 2020, Ken was waiting for retirement as he ready his successor.
However that doesn’t imply that
Ken, who was serving as athletic director in Fruitport, Michigan, was slowing down in any respect. Sixty-to-seventy-hour work weeks had been nonetheless widespread. After which got here COVID-19, which introduced Ken, and the remainder of the world, to a tough cease.
Through the quiet of the pandemic, Ken was in a position to concentrate to a bit downside together with his foot that he had dismissed throughout the busyness. The very fact was his leg and foot weren’t working precisely proper. Possibly it was a again downside? The physician’s prognosis revealed one thing much more devastating: Ken had contracted amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, also referred to as Lou Gehrig’s illness. ALS is a progressive neurodegenerative illness, and there’s no remedy.
Ken and his spouse, Lori, who’ve trusted the Lord by means of the ups and downs of life for 42 years, have embraced this battle collectively, surrounded by the love of their supportive household and pals.
Ken repeatedly information messages for Lori, his children, grandkids, and different family members, greater than 100 up to now, that shall be treasured phrases or knowledge, grace, and affection when he’s now not capable of converse, which is an ALS symptom. And right here is one among his
best bits of knowledge and reality:
“Life is messy, and but we now have a God who says He’ll come proper alongside you,” Ken shares throughout the podcast. “God promised to hitch you within the mess. He received’t go away you despite something, and the long run is so a lot better in contrast
to what we’re going by means of now.”
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Ken acquired a shock go to on the podcast from his beloved professor and coach, Murray Murdoch.
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