In May, one of our readers encouraged us to check out a video by a woman named Rachel Barkey. A wife and mother of two small children, Rachel was dying of cancer. We were so affected by her testimony that we even suspended posting for a few days. Rachel passed away on July 2, 2009, but her example of faith continues to spur us on to love and trust God more. As you consider your goals for 2010, we encourage you to take time to watch this video. Rachel lived and died in a manner that brought glory to God. May God give us all grace to do the same.
2009 at 2:18 pm | by Carolyn Mahaney
UPDATE, Wed. May 13: We’ve never done this before. In almost four years of blogging we’ve never missed a weekday. But we are going to suspend posting for the rest of this week. That’s how much we want everyone who comes to this site to watch Rachel’s video. We guarantee that if you take five minutes to check it out, you will want to find another fifty to watch the whole thing. It’s that powerful! So please, watch the video or listen to the audio; and please, tell everyone you know—your spouse, parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and friends—to watch it too.
PS - Parents, we highly recommend you show this to your teenager!
We had a post ready for today, but we’re not going to put it up. This afternoon, we received an email from a girl talk reader named Shaila, in Vancouver, Canada. Her best friend, Rachel Barkey has been diagnosed with terminal cancer. Rachel is a wife, a mother of two children, and she is not expected to live to see her 38th birthday.
Several weeks ago, Rachel shared a message with a group of women entitled “Death is Not Dying: A Faith that Saves.” We were so affected as we watched this video that we wanted to share it with you right away.
Many people have asked Rachel, “Why? Why is this happening to you? To Neil? To Kate and Quinn? To your family and friends?”
“I don’t ask ‘why?’” says Rachel. “Because I know.”