“Death Is Not Dying” – Hope in the Face of Death

It’s Monday – and that’s means Biography Day on this blog.  Today, I will share with you a remarkable story of a woman who faced death with great hope and courage.  Her name is Rachel Barkey who died on July 2, 2009 right here in Vancouver. BC.  Rachel is survived by her husband Neil and her children Quinn and Kate, parents Ben and Cathy Sawer, brother David (Johanna) Sawer and sister Andrea Sawer.  Please remember them in your prayers.

After four and a half years of vigilantly fighting breast cancer, Rachel Barkey, a 37-year-old wife and mother of two was diagnosed with terminal cancer.  Joshua Harris wrote on his blog when Rachel was still alive and battling cancer:

Rachel’s story is not unlike what thousands of women around the world have experienced. A diagnosis that changes a woman’s life and inevitably takes from her what we consider to be most precious.  But for Rachel the essence of life is found in her relationship with God through Jesus. And that’s why Rachel is convinced that death is not dying.

In the video below, you will get a chance to meet Rachel herself as she shares her story of trusting the LORD as she faced death.  You will hear her make bold statements about her faith and her identity in Jesus Christ.  Just to whet your appetite, you will hear her say with great boldness and confidence, “Cancer does not define me…Neither does being a wife or a mother.  All these things are part of who I am, but they do not define me.  What defines me is my relationship with Jesus.”

“…Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.” “Blessed indeed,” says the Spirit, “that they may rest from their labors, for their deeds follow them!” Revelation 14:13

Visit Rachel’s Website

Some Things For Which I am Thankful!

“Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you” (1 Thessalonians 5:18).

Giving thanks is not something that comes natural to many of us especially when things don’t go our way or when we are going through difficult times in our lives.  And yet, the LORD expects us to be thankful  in all circumstances.  This means, we have to be deliberate about the cultivation of a thankful spirit in our lives – of course by the grace of God.

Besides the obvious things like a wonderful and godly wife, a precious daughter, wonderful parents, brothers and sisters, a wonderful church family, and above all life in Christ, etc, I am thankful for getting too much e-mail…because it lets me know I have friends who are thinking of me.

I came a cross this(below) on another blog – I found it interesting and would love to share it with you.  Enjoy:

“I am thankful for…

…the mess to clean up after a party
because it means I have been surrounded by friends.
…the taxes I pay
because it means that I’m employed.
…the clothes that fit a little too snug
because it means I have enough to eat.
…my shadow who watches me work
because it means I am out in the sunshine.
…the spot I find at the far end of the parking lot
because it means I am capable of walking.
…all the complaining I hear about our government
because it means we have freedom of speech.
…that lady behind me in church who sings off key
because it means that I can hear.
…lawn that needs mowing, windows that need cleaning and gutters that need fixing
because it means I have a home.
…my huge heating bill
because it means that I am warm.
…weariness and aching muscles at the end of the day
because it means that I have been productive.
…the alarm that goes off in the early morning hours
because it means that I am alive.”

What are you thankful for?  Wonna share your thoughts?  Leave a comment below.  Thanks!