not to take that pill. Yes, your dying will be hard, but it will not be without beauty.
Will you please trust me with that truth?
More importantly, will you hear from my heart that Jesus loves you? He loves you. He loves you. He died an awful death upon a cross so that you would know Him today, that we would no longer live separate from Him and in our death. He died and His death happened; it is not simply a story.
He died and He overcame death three days later, and in that overcoming of death He overcame the death you and I are facing in our cancer. He longs to know you, to shepherd you in your dying, and to give you life and give you life abundant – eternal life.
For everyone living knowing death is imminent – that we all will one day face this it – the question that is most important: Who is this Jesus, and what does He have to do with my dying? Please do not take that pill before you ask yourself that question.
It’s a question we all must ask, as we are all dying.
I recently wrote a book, The Hardest Peace, and I also blog about my journey of my living and my journey towards my last breath. It is not simply a story of dying of cancer but of living this breath. It’s a book for each of us who has breath still to breathe, to embrace our living and to look upon our dying with grace. Living in BIG LOVE and meeting my end in love. Stunning, important, love.
But more than my book, I would jump on a plane tomorrow to meet you and share the beautiful brokenness of my story and meet you in yours, if you would ever consider having me.
I pray my words reach you.
I pray they reach the multitudes who are looking at your story and believing the lie that suffering is a mistake, that dying isn’t to be braved, that choosing our death is the courageous story.
No – hastening death was never what God intended.
But in our dying, He does meet us with His beautiful grace.
My heart hurts that they have decided to swim from the shores of grace that it protected in our living and dying.
I get to partner with my doctor in my dying, and it’s going to be a beautiful and painful journey for us all.
But, hear me – it is not a mistake.
Beauty will meet us in that last breath.
Kara Tippettsis the wife of a pastor and mother of four children. She is the author of "The Hardest Peace" and blogs at www.mundanefaithfulness.com.