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Tony Snow’s Beliefs on Dying

By Mack | July 13, 2008

I have admired this man for a long time.  Just to listen to him on Fox News, one had a sense he was a pilgrim here in this land.  I got a sense that he had a faith that is uncommon in the news world.

snow Tony died this past week.  He had a valiant battle with cancer, but most often the cancer wins these battles. I found out this week that a very humble servant and fellow deacon in our church has just found that he will be battling cancer as well.  He is one of God’s most treasured servants, I am sure.

Why does God allow bad things to happen to such good people. That is a question we cannot answer. Tony Snow did an interview a year ago where he explained what he thinks about his cancer and how it effects him and others.  You can read it here, called Cancer’s Unexpected Blessings – by Tony Snow.

This is a must read for all of us who look forward to that day with both fear and longing.  Tony’s words may help you to relate to those who you know who are passing through this struggle.

Here is an excerpt from that article:

Blessings arrive in unexpected packages—in my case, cancer.

Those of us with potentially fatal diseases—and there are millions in America today—find ourselves in the odd position of coping with our mortality while trying to fathom God’s will. Although it would be the height of presumption to declare with confidence What It All Means, Scripture provides powerful hints and consolations.

The first is that we shouldn’t spend too much time trying to answer the why questions: Why me? Why must people suffer? Why can’t someone else get sick? We can’t answer such things, and the questions themselves often are designed more to express our anguish than to solicit an answer.

I don’t know why I have cancer, and I don’t much care. It is what it is—a plain and indisputable fact. Yet even while staring into a mirror darkly, great and stunning truths begin to take shape. Our maladies define a central feature of our existence: We are fallen. We are imperfect. Our bodies give out.

But despite this—because of it—God offers the possibility of salvation and grace. We don’t know how the narrative of our lives will end, but we get to choose how to use the interval between now and the moment we meet our Creator face-to-face.

Second, we need to get past the anxiety. The mere thought of dying can send adrenaline flooding through your system. A dizzy, unfocused panic seizes you. Your heart thumps; your head swims. You think of nothingness and swoon. You fear partings; you worry about the impact on family and friends. You fidget and get nowhere.”

I will see you later Tony….

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