Death Too Soon
I remember about a year ago hearing quite a bit about a man named Randy Pausch after he appeared on Oprah. He was dying of pancreatic cancer and delivered his “Last Lecture” on her show. I remember being moved to tears as I watched him say goodbye to his children, his wife, and leave them with the most important life lessons that he had learned over his 40-something years.
This past week, I opened an email from my husband. He had found a moving story of a 37-year old woman who was also in the stages of dying from an agressive cancer (initially breast cancer). I began watching her “last lecture,” if you will, and again, I was moved. But Rachel Barkey’s wisdom for the world included one element that Randy Pausch’s did not. . .Jesus.
At the time, I prayed fervently that Mr. Pausch knew Jesus personally during his illness and at his death. I cannot imagine facing a disease that ravages your body and mind and threatens to end your life without also knowing that “this too shall pass” and what awaits is far more extraordinary than anything anyone could imagine on earth. That is why this video from Rachel Barkey is so touching and so important to pass on to family and friends. It is a short 55-minute video and if you do not have time to watch it, even in segments, there is a written transcript available as well (be sure to print off both Part One and Part Two). A short time after this video was recorded, Rachel went home to be with the Lord. I would encourage you to watch her video and hear her words with your heart. Your life may be changed as a result.
Rachel’s website, entitled “Death is Not Dying,” where you can learn more about her and her family, as well as watch the video:
If you would prefer to read the transcript:
If you are a book lover, check out Rachel’s book list–excellent books by phenomenal authors:
“Jesus said to her, ‘I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?’”