Sep 22, 2009

Please Pray for Steve

Hi everyone this is Stephen Altrogge (friend and pastor of the Murphy's). Larissa asked me to update the blog for them.

Last night Steve had another seizure and had to be life flighted down to the hospital in Pittsburgh. The doctors believe that the seizure was caused by swelling in Steve's brain.

Right now Steve is unable to speak, but is lucid and can understand everything happening around him.

The doctors are considering surgery to relieve some of the pressure on the brain. There are risks associated with the surgery [not exactly sure what], and because of this, the family will need to make some decisions regarding the best way forward.

Please be praying for the Murphy family and for Steve. We serve a God who cares so deeply about Steve that He sent His precious Son to die in Steve's place. If God would do such an incredibly loving thing, He'll take care of the Murphy's and hear our prayers. So let's pray.

18 comments:

Anonymous said...

Prayers are on the way! The Murphy family has always been in God's hands - now more than ever. May they feel all the prayers and thoughts being sent their way.
With love and prayers,
Rene (Altoona)

Anonymous said...

SUCH a heavy, sorrowful season for you all. And so we pray for the impossible (only if it is HIS will): for overwhelming comfort, for the love of Christ to so fill you up that your hearts are encouraged & peaceful, that clarity in decision-making is present when needed......

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You as a family have been chosen in a special way to display His unique Masterwork. I pray that your roots of faith will grow deep down into the faithfulness of God's Loving Plan, that you will exchange your inadequacy for the Adequacy of Jesus' resurrection power, and that you will be awed as you witness the fruits of the Spirit manifested in your family."

*Title: There Are No Accidents
Author: Judy Squier of Portola Valley, California, [Elisabeth Elliot]
Elisabeth Elliot's Daily Devotional
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numb with sorrow and with hope,
HveHope

Anonymous said...

Praying. Lifting Steve and all the Murphy's up to our Lord in prayer. Thank you, Stephen, for updating us and for letting us share in praying for Steve. God bless and keep the Murphy's. We know that HE WILL!!

Lydia said...

Praying!

Anonymous said...

Praying for them all.
Sophie in England

Bernadine said...

I will be praying for Steve and the family. May God's peace be with each of them as they make decisions and move forward.

In faith,
Bernadine

Audra said...

praying fervently

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the updates for those of us who check this blog daily, with much concern for this dear family.
Praying all the more to our all wise Father.
Wendy in Maryland

Anonymous said...

John and I are praying,
Maryann Plesnicher

Anonymous said...

praying in lancaster

Cory - Pittsburgh said...

With God - all things are possible -- even things that don't seem so possible.

My deepest prayers go out for Steve and his family.

Anonymous said...

crying out..oh Lord please do what is being prayed for..show your presence,care,compassion and mercy.protect hearts and minds..let thoughts be driven by your truth.
jb and mj

Emma said...

praying for God's grace, comfort and healing!

Sue said...

Mike & I are praying.
Sue Minich

Krissy said...

I am praying too.

(Krissy Evans, John and Maryann Plesnicher's daughter)

Anonymous said...

tomorrow morning (wednesday) is "see you at the pole"-a day where the christian students in the school gather early in the morning to worship and pray. guarenteed that dozens of kids will join in prayer tomorrow morning for the whole family. God is watching over all of you.

Anonymous said...

A friend from Italy sent out a request for prayer for your family. We're praying in Florida for the Murphy family. May you all be aware of His presence in your lives today.
~Liz (Orlando, FL)

Anonymous said...

We have been praying for Steve and Ian in our House of Prayer at Grace Community Church in Arlington,Texas.God is good all the time.God loves the Murphys.
Kathy J