In 4 of her last words, Rachel Barkey shared from her heart why death is not dying. For many of us at Christmas time we think about those we love who have passed away. In honor of my father, who passed away 18 years ago on December 28, I wanted to celebrate the truth that death is not dying.
Life is a gift from God. Our life is not defined by what we do or accomplish, but by who we are in our relationship to God. Rachel Barkey encouraged those who were left on this earth to do these 4 things.
1. Know God
2 Know Yourself
3 Know the Gospel
4. Know Your Purpose
Rachel’s passionate words challenge each of us. She said, “Cancer does not define me. Neither does being a wife and a mother. All of these things are a part of who I am but they do not define me. What defines me is my relationship with Jesus.”
She makes an honest plea that we not get stuck on asking “why” people die. She said that she knew why. We live in a sinful world where bad things happen. It is our broken body that dies, but our soul lives forever. The promise for those who have made Jesus Lord is that we will be with him in eternity. He has prepared a perfect eternal world for those who believe in Him. (See John 14).
Today Joyce Meyer was interviewing Pastor Charles Nieman who lost his lovely wife who died of cancer last December. He too gave a testimony that he did not spend time asking God “why.” Instead he chose to trust in God.
If you are missing a loved one who has passed away and are struggling with the question “why”, I encourage you to view the above video of Rachel Barkey as well as Joyce Meyer’s interview with Pastor Charles Nieman.
Be comforted that death is not dying.
As you celebrate this Christmas season, remember the light of Christ that can never be put out. Enjoy the goodness here on earth knowing that the best is yet to come.