I consider myself to be a spiritual person, as I believe that everyone is entitled to "customize" their spiritual path to whatever higher being they believe in. I believe in God. But I also respect the beliefs of other religions and their respective gods and strongly disagree with discrediting their beliefs because ours are not one in the same. Therefore, I am one of many who opt to steer away from a religious classification. Not because I don't believe but because the teachings of God are far to complex to be deduced to one religious tradition.
My spiritual path is never ending, taking twists and turnings; meeting roadblocks and dead ends. I was not raised in the church, as my parents believed in granting their children the freedom to develop their own spiritual soundness. Yet, when I became old enough to attempt to tap into and develop a connectedness with a higher power, I began to attend church as the first step. There I realized my commitment and faith in God. But I could not commit to the expectations of the church. Attending every Sunday. Attending bible study every Wednesday. Being told I was less if I did not do so. Judgements that I would rather be without.
Ed has ALS, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, a disease of the nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord that control voluntary muscle movement. It is a disease that ultimately leads to death via respiratory failure, as the muscles controlling respiration are to weak to facilitate the act of breathing. It is a disease of progressive deterioration with no cure and death commonly occurring 3-5 years after diagnosis. To see the longer video, click on the link below:
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