Quick Takes – 5/16/2009

Rachel Barkey shares her hope in Christ despite being diagnosed with terminal cancer. “Cancer does not define me. Neither does being a wife or a mother. All these things are part of who I am but they do not define me. What defines me is my relationship with Jesus.” (Rachel is 37 years old, married, and a mother of two.)

Alfred D’Souza reflects on obstacles in life: “For a long time it had seemed to me that life was about to begin — real life. But there was always some obstacle in the way. Something to be got through first, some unfinished business, time still to be served, a debt to be paid. Then life would begin. At last it dawned on me that these obstacles were my life.”

Thomas Brooks argues that the believer’s last day is his best day. “The best of Christians are able to take in but little of God; their hearts are like the widow’s vessel, which could receive but a little oil. Sin, the world, and creatures do take up so much room in the best hearts, that God gives out himself little by little, as parents give sweets to their children. But in heaven God will communicate himself fully at once to the soul! Grace shall then be swallowed up of glory!”

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