The minister who sat across the desk from me had been diagnosed as having one of the slow dying diseases. We had been friends for many years and he had come to share his inner struggles with me. He wasn’t afraid to die, having settled that question long ago by placing faith in His Lord, but there were some battles in life he longed to win and these desired victories had kept eluding him.
He needed to forgive someone and found that difficult to do. He needed to overcome a temptation that had plagued him for years, bringing a discouraging pattern of making promises to himself and to God that he kept breaking. He was depressed enough to die without the aid of the dreaded disease and had, he confided, often asked the Lord to end his life when unable to overcome these old weaknesses.
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