American pastor Timothy Keller finds comfort in God with stage 4 pancreatic cancer

“I have stage IV pancreatic cancer. But it's infinitely comforting to have a God who is both infinitely wiser and more loving than I am. He has a lot of good reasons for everything he does and allows that I cannot know, and that is my hope and my strength. "

Christian pastor and author Timothy Keller shared on Friday on Twitter a message of encouragement in which he shows his trust in God as he fights pancreatic cancer stage 4.

He reminds us that the Lord is “infinitely wiser and more loving than he”, a truth from which he draws his “hope” and his “strength” in the face of illness.

“I have stage IV pancreatic cancer. But it's infinitely comforting to have a God who is both infinitely wiser and more loving than I am. He has a lot of good reasons for everything he does and allows that I cannot know, and that is my hope and my strength. "

Responding to the many messages his post elicited, the former senior pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Manhattan said he appreciated "these prayers" while noting that the main purpose of his post was to show "that having a God who in some ways is beyond our comprehension (especially with regard to evil and suffering) is more of a spiritual force than an intellectual problem ”.

Timothy Keller also shared an article he wrote last March for The Atlantic entitled "Cultivating my faith in the face of death".

In this text he talks about his illness and asks himself with humility if after having spent his life advising others, he would be able to follow his own advice. He explains his personal journey following the diagnosis of his cancer which made him realize that he did not fully embrace the greatness of God.

“When I was diagnosed with cancer, I had to examine not only my professed beliefs, which correspond to historical Protestant orthodoxy, but also my actual understanding of God. Was it shaped by my culture? Had I subconsciously slipped into the assumption that God lived for me rather than me for him, that life had to be okay for me, that I knew better than God how things had to be? The answer was yes, to some extent. I found that embracing the greatness of God, saying "Thy will be done" was painful at first, then, perhaps counterintuitive, deeply liberating. Assuming that God is as small and limited as we are may seem liberating, but that offers no cure for anger. "

He then returns to the revelations he received in this painful context and claims to be able to say today "without any sentimentality or exaggeration" that he has never been so happy in his life.

“As the reality of God is brought to light in my heart, slowly and painfully and through many tears, the simplest pleasures of this world have become sources of daily happiness. "

An edifying testimony that lets us glimpse the power and love of God, whatever our circumstances.

Camille Westphal Perrier

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