Author and pastor Max Lucado is asking for prayers after being diagnosed with an ascending aortic aneurysm.
Lucado, the author of Anxious for Nothing and the pastor of Oak Hills Church in San Antonio, TX, posted an update on his website announcing his medical condition. The 66-year-old pastor received the diagnosis in the last two weeks, with doctors noting that the bulge is "quite large."
According to Lucado, he does not have surgery planned. "Though surgery is a possibility, none is planned at the moment," Lucado said in the video. "The current strategy is to wait, watch, and pray that the aneurysm doesn't increase any further in size. I am maintaining my normal routines and commitments; my ministry is undisturbed by this news.
Lucado says that he feels fine and is under the care of an "outstanding medical team," and is "in the hands of a good God." Lucado concludes by telling his followers, "please know that I am fully trusting our heavenly Father. I am grateful for your prayers for me and for my family."
An ascending aortic aneurysm is a bulge in one of the largest blood vessels in the body. The bulge could rupture and cause internal bleeding. Such a development would be perilous for Lucado.