A Faith that Saves
“Cancer does not define me. Neither does being a wife or a mother. All those things are part of who I am but they do not define me. What defines me is my relationship with Jesus.” These are the words of Rachel Barkey. At the time of writing those words, she was a wife and a mother to two children and a victim of cancer. As of July 2, 2009, she is with the Lord.
Her website, Death is Not Dying (www.deathisnotdying.com) reads this:
Reachel’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. After four and a half years of vigilantly fighting breast cancer, the 37 year old wife and mother of two was diagnosed with terminal cancer. 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.
At the website are short blog posts that she wrote in her final days – even to the day before her death. Each are filled with inner joy and outer suffering. They chronolize her last moments and thoughts of eternity. They speak about her hope and about her loss. And more importantly, they are full of God’s soveriegn love.
After watching her speech, I think a divinely appointed one, I was compelled to follow up by reading her letters. The speech was not dynamically glorious in its oration, but it abounded in spiritual power. It was inspiring and convicting. I thought so highly of it, that if I didn’t share, it would be a disservice to you all. So, watch the video. It is approximately one hour long, but worth every second. For more information, visitdeathisnotdying.com.