Please Pray For Cancer-Stricken Steve Dyar

Filed under: Health — @ December 30, 2006

Rev. Steve Dyar is a big man with a bigger heart who needs our prayers

There are very few people in the world that you meet who leave an indelible mark on your life. Sadly, most of us have such casual surface relationships with other people that we hardly let anyone get to know who we are much less share our own lives with others to learn about them. Sometimes, though, there are certain special people who enter our lives and we never forget the lasting impression they have made.

One such man in my life is Rev. Steve Dyar. My nickname for Steve is “big guy” because he’s one of the few people in this world who actually makes me look small, even when I weighed over 400 pounds a few years back. His 6’7″ height, broad shoulders, and gigantic muscular build give him such an empowering presence when he walks into a room that you can’t help but notice him. He is a commanding figure, that’s for sure!

But behind that burly stature is one of the kindest and most gentle men you will ever meet. He has genuine compassion, love, and respect for everyone he comes across regardless of who they are. The Christ-like qualities that Steve possesses have been on full display for so many to see in his role as Minister of Music in various local churches in the Upstate of South Carolina. He was so much more than a man who waved his arms and sang a few praise songs on Sunday mornings, though.

When I started my low-carb lifestyle in 2004, I remember Steve often chided me for choosing a diet that included so much meat and fat. You see, he is a strong advocate of The Hallelujah Diet by George Malkmus, a low-fat, vegetarian-styled diet rooted in Biblical foundations regarding health and nutrition. I usually agreed to disagree with Steve about his opinions on nutrition because I was doing what was right for me while he was doing what worked for him. As I lost 180 pounds in one year, he told me how impressed he was by the results I experienced even though he still didn’t think I should be eating low-carb.

Although Steve moved on with his ministry a little more than a year ago to focus on a gospel recording career to travel around to churches around the country, the influence he had on our church will not soon be forgotten. So it is with great sadness to hear the grim health-related news right before Christmas that Steve has cancer in his esophagus which has already started to spread into his liver.

If you believe in the power of prayer, then I would ask you to please lift Steve Dyar up to the Lord to heal his body of this cancer in the power of Jesus’ name. Please visit the Steve Dyar CaringBridge web site to learn a little more about this man who has made such a difference in my life and the lives of thousands more. When I saw Steve about a week after the diagnosis, he had already lost a noticable amount of weight and looked physically weak. But talking to him face-to-face reminded me why I admire and love him as much as I do. Despite the bleakness of his situation, his faith right now is as solid as a rock and the man knows his life is in the hands of God. He has resigned himself to the Lord’s will and refuses to feel sorry for the situation he has found himself in. That’s the kind of spiritual maturity most Christians only dream of having.

Click here to learn more about how truly remarkable Rev. Steve Dyar is and why he needs the prayers of God-fearing people now more than ever.


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