Two Months to Live

A well-known Christian man sent an email to his friends.  He explained that his doctor had just given him his diagnosis and prognosis.  His heart is failing and he has only about two months to live.  He said he’s accepted his fate.  He explained that he did all that was on his bucket list and had lived a good life. He asked for no phone calls or letters expressing sadness over his condition. He said that would just make it worse.

I was saddened at the news but also disappointed in his letter because he was not using his situation for the Lord!  I wrote him the following:

“Dear Rob,   I am deeply sorry to receive this information and I appreciate and respect your honesty as I’m sure others do.  I am sure you will use your time wisely. I hope you will consider writing another letter to your friends and colleagues, sharing your faith and the assurance you have that you will indeed be with Christ in heaven.  You have that assurance because of what Jesus Christ has done, not because of anything you have done. You received that free gift of salvation and so can anyone else who is willing to surrender their life to Jesus Christ.

“I believe that because of your condition people will be more attuned to your message.  What a wonderful opportunity God has given you—perhaps two months to minister powerfully to others who will listen.  Believe me. They will listen now!

“Rob, I’m going to be praying that God will use you mightily to proclaim the Good News of Christ and bring glory and honor to Himself.  People need the Lord and yet many believe that following Jesus is foolishness. I don’t know exactly how I would go about it if I were in your position.  Perhaps I’d even write a letter to the editor of the newspaper!

“One more thing:  My precious sister passed from cancer. When I visited her the last time, I prayed with her, that if there comes a time when she can no longer speak aloud, that she would continue to speak the name of Jesus in her thoughts.

“I pray the same prayer for you my friend, that you will focus on Jesus’ name, praising Him and thanking Him no matter what.  He and He alone can bring peace and comfort beyond measure.    Sincerely in Christ,   Kathleen”

  • Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.     Romans 10:1
  • Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.    Acts 4:12
  • Here is a link to an excellent booklet that will help you share the Lord with others, in case you need assistance: https://www.cru.org/us/en/how-to-know-god/would-you-like-to-know-god-personally.html
  • SONG:    MY FRIEND – Words by D.J. Higgins;  Music by Kathleen 

About Kathleen

God delights in working through His people as they submit to Him. Jesus said to go into all the world and preach the good news to everyone (Mark 16:15). No matter where we live on this planet, people are separated from God because of sin. We ALL need a Savior, and there’s only ONE. It brings me great joy to share Christ with the lost and lonely. Over the years I’ve learned a great deal while facilitating Bible studies. I’ve found myself on college and university campuses, the beach, the streets, the hospital, the jail and the juvenile facility for incarcerated teens sharing God’s message of love. I also serve as an online missionary with Global Media Outreach. I’ve seen countless lives transformed when people turn away from sin and turn to Jesus. The changes God makes are real and lasting. These are some of my experiences. NOTE: My stories have been altered, removing any and all identifying factors. This includes names and other particulars in order to protect confidentiality and anonymity.
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6 Responses to Two Months to Live

  1. Mark says:

    good

  2. Kathleen says:

    Thank you Mark!

  3. Frank King says:

    Kathleen, as I read the words of your letter, I thought about the difference our relationship makes with Christ, as it relates to dying. We are not without hope as those who know not the Lord. It is a powerful thing when we choose to glorify God by making our boast of the assurance we have beyond the grave–even with death knocking at the door.

  4. dixie says:

    Death is but stepping through a doorway to, for lack of a better word, GLORY!! Perfect time to allow others to see our hope. Good blog Kathleen!!

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