Pastor and best-selling author Max Lucado is asking for prayers after being diagnosed with an “ascending aortic aneurysm.”
According to John Hopkins Medicine’s website, an aortic aneurysm is described as “an abnormal bulging and weakening in your aorta at the point before the curve.”
“If an aortic aneurysm ruptures, it can cause life-threatening bleeding. An aneurysm at risk for rupture needs surgical repair,” the website adds.
Lucado, 66, posted a message to his website and a short video on YouTube, sharing the news. In the video, he noted that while surgery is a possibility, no plans to undergo a medical procedure have been made at this present time.
“The current strategy is to wait, watch, and pray that the aneurysm doesn’t increase any further in size,” he said in the video. “I am maintaining my normal routines and commitments; my ministry is undisturbed by this news,” he added.
Despite the diagnosis, Lucado shared that he feels fine and is under the care of an “outstanding medical team.” Ultimately, the Christian author stressed that he is “in the hands of a good God.”
“For now, please know that I am fully trusting our heavenly Father. I am grateful for your prayers for me and for my family,” he concluded.
Additional updates surrounding Lucado’s health will be posted to his website and social media pages.
Several Christian leaders and outlets have expressed their support for Lucado on social media.
“Let’s pray for @MaxLucado,” Russell Moore, a public theologian at Christianity Today, tweeted on Wednesday.
“Praying for you Max! For healing, for hope, and for new revelation in this trial,” Fresh Life Church Pastor Levi Lusko wrote to Lucado on Instagram.
Pastor and Passion founder Louie Giglio also wrote on Lucado's Instagram: “Love + prayers, friend.”
In July, Lucado had tested positive for COVID-19 despite being fully vaccinated.
Lucado serves as pastor of Oak Hills Church in San Antonio, Texas. As a Christian author, he has written close to 100 books, including multiple best sellers.
Photo courtesy: ©Max Lucado Facebook
Video courtesy: ©Max Lucado
Milton Quintanilla is a freelance writer. He is also the co-hosts of the For Your Soul podcast, which seeks to equip the church with biblical truth and sound doctrine. Visit his blog Blessed Are The Forgiven.