Friday, May 15, 2009

Death is Not Dying

If you have not seen this video of a talk given by Rachel Barkley then I encourage you to stop reading and watch it now. Rachel is a wife and mother who is dying of cancer. She talks about her life and impending death to a group of ladies in Vancouver. It is a compelling case for the gospel and the sufficiency of God's grace in His Son, Jesus Christ.

John Wesley said, "Our people die well." Indeed, how a person thinks about and faces death is a testimony to his or her faith. As her recommended book list testifies, Rachel Barkley has been helped to face terminal cancer by sitting at the feet of some of the Lord's most faithful teachers through reading.

Watch the video. Then encourage others to do so, as well. And pray for Rachel and her husband Neil, and their children, Quinn and Kate.

3 comments:

Aaron Turner said...

Thank you for sharing this at this time brother. I am sitting in the Hospice Center in Cincinnati as I write this, looking into the face of my dying mother. She is sleeping, but has only hours to live.

I told her last night that she was going to be with the Lord soon, and asked her if she was ok with that. She had a massive stroke and cannot speak but shook her head "yes". I ask her if she had any fears, and she shook her head "no".

She has given testimony by her life and her words that she is savingly trusting in the LORD Jesus Christ.

I find my self more thankful than ever for Jesus and what He has done for us. The gospel is truly more precious than anything else.

It is what makes everything that is wrong in our lives ultimately alright.

God has shown His grace and mercy in this situation in far to many ways for me to mention here. I have fresh affection in my heart for Him because of this experience.

Truly He is good!

Tom said...

Aaron:

I am praying for you, brother. Thanks for your good words. May the Lord minister His grace and comfort to you, your mother and the rest of your family.

ta

PDS said...

A beautiful testimony. Thanks for sharing.