LIFE MATTERS MEDIA STAFF
Former President Jimmy Carter said his faith in God helped him become “completely at ease with death” while facing cancer.
“I assumed, naturally, that I was going to die very quickly,” said Carter, referring to a brain cancer diagnosis in 2015, during a Sunday school service at Maranatha Baptist Church in Plains, Georgia.
“I obviously prayed about it. I didn’t ask God to let me live, but I asked God to give me a proper attitude toward death. And I found that I was absolutely and completely at ease with death,” he added. “It didn’t really matter to me whether I died or lived. Except I was going to miss my family, and miss the work at the Carter Center and miss teaching your Sunday school service sometimes and so forth. All those delightful things.”
The nation’s 39th president taught the Bible lesson on life after death less than two weeks after breaking his pelvis in a fall, The Associated Press reports. Carter, 95, was briefly hospitalized and has since been recovering at home.
The Rev. Tony Lowden said Secret Service agents, relatives and church members had all discouraged Carter from teaching because of the injury. However, Carter reportedly insisted, according to the AP.
“He is pouring out that you might see Christ while he is suffering,” Lowden told the crowd.
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