“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