Monday, December 5, 2011

"Life is short and death is certain"

For those of you who missed the Sunday post, we are doing something a bit different over the next couple of weeks. We had a tough time booking December and rightly so. As the holiday madness kicks in, we decided to just go with the flow, and not try to resist what was naturally happening. Instead, we decided to give you a break from the madness and hopefully put a little more meaning in your holiday. Instead of a steady stream of personal features, we are going to showcase a few charities we trust, introduce a few women who have made a difference, and some other worthwhile holiday inspirations. We have a few things lined up, but would love to hear from you ladies. If you have something to share, please feel free to email us. We are now booking January. If you are interested in being featured, just give us a holler and we’ll get you set-up. 


I would like to introduce the late Rachel Barkey.  I first read about Rachel as she was in her final months dying with cancer.  I had the opportunity to watch her courageous testimony: "Death Is Not Dying" and follow her blog as she posted her final posts.

Heart wrenching, as a mother with childern.

Death is not a fun subject, but when you are not yet dying, pondering its certainty, seems to bring perspective when little else will. So in saying that, I’m not attempting to be morbid in an otherwise joyous time of the year.  I’m attempting to share some things that I’m hoping will inspire us all to live with perspective through the holiday, coming year, and hopefully for a lifetime.

I hope you take the time to watch Rachel's video.  You will have to find a good hour, but I promise you it will be worth every minute you will gain in perspective. Get up early or perhaps when the
kids are tucked in bed, but do take the time.  If you think you just don’t have the time, read her last two blog posts:

Last Blog Posts:

Dying Is Hard

My To Do List

The Video:

"There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven: a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot, a time to kill and a time to heal … to tear down … to build … to weep … to laugh … to mourn … to dance … to scatter …. to gather … to embrace … to refrain … to search … to give up … to keep … to throw away … to tear … to mend … to be silent … to speak … to love … to hate [and] a time for war and a time for peace" (Ecclesiastes 3:1-8, NIV). 

"Life is short and death is certain."  These are the words my grandpa uses to close our familes prayers.  I've heard them my entire life, but I hear them a bit clearer as life comes into focus.  They quietly whisper, "have perspective".


  1. Rachel was evidently an inspirational woman. She's inspired me. Blessings to her family. Thank you for featuring such an awesome woman.

  2. oh, tears. How inspirational. Thanks for sharing. I think it's the perfect time of year for sharing her story.

  3. THANK YOU for sharing this! I'm at a loss for words, but thank you for posting this, I think there are many out there who need to read her blob.