Dying to Live

19 thoughts on “Dying to Live”

  1. Powerful. My heart ponders this message as I think of my 23 year old son who let go of so much in his cancer journey, yet in the end did not want to give up this life completely. He loved the Lord and was a strong believer. Yet, he fought to the bitter end and never wanted to die. He was recently engaged and just graduated from college. I’m grateful to know that our God is merciful and trust with all my heart that he took Ian by the hand for those final steps that he was not willing to make on his own at such a young age.

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    1. What you write about your son at your blog is so very moving. As is your love for him. I share your faith that God is merciful, and I believe you’re right about God’s help with Ian’s final transition. My sense is that pretty much all of us need that help, and I’m grateful that we can count on it.

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  2. You nailed it again, Fr. Jake, as you always do. You’re a great example of Episcopalianism at its best: rational, thoughtful, uplifting (not in a pablum-y way), responsible, kind, compassionate, loving and non-judgmental. Love your blog and your sermons, too. They remind me why I chose to join the Episcopal communion–a decision I’ve never regretted. Looking forward to services tomorrow at Good Shepherd in Lake Charles.

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  3. Thank you for a great blog. I try not to spend too much time on social media because I’m trading life hours for time there, but yours was worth the trade! Thank you for a clear presentation and as one who regularly attends events at Voice of the Martyrs, I appreciated a bit more info about the story behind St. Alban’s … I’ve just about finished the “Extreme Devotion” book – others might like it, too. Thank you.

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  4. Reblogged this on New Dawn and commented:
    “When we die biologically, we don’t take our power, prestige, and possessions with us. Any self defined by such things utterly disappears as soon as we flat line.
    By contrast, the true self continues from this life into the next life. The true self is defined by its relationship with God. And our biological death cannot sever that bond. Eternal life is a way of living right now that extends beyond the grave.” Jake Owensby

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