Based in St. Cloud, Minnesota, Growing in Grace is a blog by Pastor Matthew Molesky. His posts explore the Bible, theology, ecclesiology, culture, books, family, and life.

You Will Find The Strength You Need

From Jared Wilson:

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness . . .”  – 2 Corinthians 12:9

Video below is a snapshot of wisdom from Nick Magnotti, diagnosed with stage 4 appendix cancer at 24. I do not know Nick, but he is the cousin of one of our church members. As our congregation has more than our share of people battling cancers of various kinds — and have lost two precious saints to the disease in the last 6 months — we have been praying with our sister Kathryn and following the story of her cousin Nick through her tears and updates.

The part that strikes me most is when Nick explains why he’s not afraid to die. There is a sustaining grace from God that will come at the dire moments needed, and not a minute sooner.

Nick passed into glory on January 7. 

Warning: before you watch have some Puffs at hand.

I burst into tears, “I need you!” I sobbed. “You can’t die! You can’t!”

“Corrie,” he began gently. “When you and I go to Amsterdam, when do I give you your ticket?”

“Why, just before we get on the train.”

“Exactly. And our wise Father in heaven knows when we’re going to need things, too. Don’t run out ahead of him, Corrie. When the time comes that some of us will have to die, you will look into your heart and find the strength you need – just in time.”

– Corrie ten Boom, The Hiding Place (also courtesy of Jared Wilson).

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