Eternity Matters: A TRUE STORY ABOUT LIVING LIFE FROM A WHEELCHAIR AND BEING A DAILY EXAMPLE TO ALL

Larry Lattrell

By Norma Shull Smith

Tim Shaw, now 34, has been writing his goals down for as long as he can remember. He revealed in Blitz Your Life, his new book, that after he was drafted by the Carolina Panthers in 2007 his goals were to SEEK GOD, make the team, lead the special teams unit in tackles and make the All-Rookie team. He made the team and went onto a 7-year career in the NFL before being cut in 2013 when his body suddenly wouldn’t allow him to run without tripping. (Excerpt from ftw.usatoday.com)
Tim Green, at 52, former line-backer and defensive end for the Atlanta Falcons, noticed that something wasn’t right. Today he is suffering from ALS, Lou Gehrig’s disease, one of a growing number of NFL players to receive that diagnosis. He is currently writing his 39th book and coaching a youth team. Being adopted, Green revealed that even though he sufffers daily from this disease, he has no regrets and most important to him is family. (Information from this weeks CBS 60 minutes interview.)
Lou Gehrig – Lou Gehrig was a popular American baseball player between the 1920’s and 1930’s. He had several Major League records and was known to his fans as “The Iron Horse”. I personally wouldn’t want a disease named after me, however, just because Gehrig suffered from it, his name has brought attention and possibly more advanced research to this disease, which would be worth the name.
Pastor Larry Littrell, a man I have never had the honor of meeting face to face, may not be a famous public figure, but he is still touching thousands of lives through the witness of his daily life. I became friends on Face Book with him in either 2013 or 2014 through us having another mutual Pastor friend in common. I actually saw a post back then by Larry, asking my Pastor to pray for him. My spirit was touched and I not only prayed from seeing that post, but felt led to request friendship through social media. From that day on, my husband and I prayed every morning together for Pastor Larry and his wife, who remains on my prayer list is to this day.
Following his health journey these past few years, has been such an inspiration to not only me, but to all who read his daily posts. God is constantly filling Mr. Littrell’s spirit with wisdom, which he in turns shares through Face Book and it is all biblically based! The symptoms of ALS made me realize the battle this man was in, yet it always seemed from his posts that he relinquished the battle to belong to the Lord. His faith was like a refreshing breath of fresh air.
In 2014 Larry’s book, Marked for a Miracle, was released and I wanted an autographed copy, which was mailed to me. The book shares many testimonies and miracles that has taken place in this mans life and it is true that to this day, He is believing He is Marked for A Miracle and many are believing with him.
Because I myself, have a face book ministry, Eternity Matters With Norma, that also appears in a monthly newspaper called The Milan Eagle News out of Michigan, I felt impressed to help tell his story. Why? Because daily we hear of people who are facing issues of all magnitudes. I know that whether someone is having physcial, emotional, relational or spiritual problems, that Pastor Larry’s story will come as a shot of encouragement that if he has the the faith to face his storm, they can face their circumstances.
In a combined interview with excerpts from his book, Pastor Littrell says that he and his wife Hazel, moved to Kentucky in 1978 to pastor their first church. Larry commented that, “In 1970, I often dreamed of being in some work for the Lord. I was raised in a single parent home, by my mother. I was born-again at the Ewing Assembly of God Church in June of 1967. We joined the Church of God Mountain Aseembly in 1969. My Pastor asked me to speak on a Wednesday night service. The rest is history!”
He pastored for some 40 years serving in Kentucky, Tennessee, and Virginia with his last assignment as pastor of New Bethel Tabernacle in Tazwell, Tennesee. “The churches were small and could not afford a full-time minister, but God smiled on us, he said.” It was after Larry retired from being a truck driver to supplement their income, that he was diagnosed with ALS. It was July 27th 2013 that he received this diagnosis. Although he had to resign his Pastorship at church, God is using his strong faith to reach outside his circle.
ALS is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects neurons (nerve cells) in the brain and the spinal cord. Eventually the patient loses the ability to initiate and control muscle movement, which often leads to total paralysis. There is curently no cure.
According to the ALS web site, “The rate at which ALS progresses can be quite variable from one person to another. Although the survival time with ALS is three to five years, many people live five, 10 or more years. Symptoms can begin in the muscles that control speech and swallowing or in the hands, arms, legs or feet. Not all people with ALS experience the same symptoms or the same sequences or patterns of progression. However, progressive muscle weakness and paralysis are universally experienced.” Based on U.S. population studies, a little over 5,000 people in the U.S. are diagnosed with ALS each year. (That’s 15 new cases a day.) Every 90 minutes, someone is diagnosed with the disease. (Information from alsa.org )
Pastor Littrell has a testimony and although it is difficult for him to verbally speak it, it is lived daily and as long as he can, he continues to lift up the name of Jesus, to encourage others to cling to faith. “I don’t know what the future holds, but I know who holds the future,” he said. God has worked daily to touch lives through this servent and we pray that He is indeed “Marked for a Miracle!”
If interested in his book they only have 35 left at $10.00 each plus $3.00 S & H.
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