Yesterday afternoon, the kids were napping and Rick was out getting top soil for our burgeoning backyard garden. I was looking at a Christian mom’s blog and came upon this story of Rachel Barkey, a wife and mother in Vancouver, British Columbia, who is dying of Cancer. She could die any day now…the doctors have given her mere weeks or months to live.
In March, she was asked to share her testimony before several hundred women and let me tell you, what she has to share is incredible. If I was dying of a terminal illness, I would only hope I could have even an ounce of her faith and hope, especially in the midst of knowing she is leaving behind two young children and her husband. Each time she spoke of them, her voice broke and she had to pause for several moments yet because she cares so much for her faith in Jesus to be known and his work in her life, she kept on speaking.
So many things she said stuck with me. For example, she stated calmly, “I am dying but so are you. No one knows if they will see tomorrow.” How true. A few other quotes I copied down are as follows:
- “Several People have asked me lately, “Why would God take you away from your family when a murderer or rapist gets to live a long life?” The implicit assumption there is that I am a good person and I deserve better. But I am not a good person and I do not deserve better.”
- “Doing things on the outside does not change the inside. Our hearts are still the same.”
- “Don’t just dismiss God because you think you know who He is.”
- “The gospel is not just a ticket to heaven. It is a whole way of living.”
Watch her story here.