The Death of an Athiest – Special Guest Blog

Have you ever talked to an atheist?
I don’t ever recall having contact with someone who didn’t believe in God.  It probably happened and I never knew it.  I do remember hearing the story of someone who did.  Someone who actually befriended someone who chose not to believe in a higher power.  I was thinking about that the other day and I asked her if she would recount that story for me and if I could post it on here for the world to see. My cousin Sandra is one amazing person.  Her attitude and character are infectious.  There are those people whom you wish you never met, and then there are people you just can’t get enough.  Sandra is one of those people that you just wanna say, “I like myself better when I am with you.”  I think you will see what I mean when you read her story.
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While working as a nurse on the cancer unit, I had contact with many people who were in desperate situations looking for an answer.  And I knew the answer…Jesus!   God opened the door for many opportunities to tell about how He can give hope in hopeless situations, give strength to the weary, and how much He desires a relationship with each person.

Most of the cancer patients became like friends to the full time nurses because we cared for them for extended periods of time over several months.  Inevitably, friendships were formed.  Jenny* was in her 30’s and we quickly became friends.  She was an atheist.  I knew that because she told me so.  She knew that I believed in God and had a relationship with Him, but she wanted nothing to do with Him.  She asked me not to speak of Him, so I didn’t but I continued to be Jesus’ hands while I cared for her and prayed silently that she would give her heart to God.  She eventually slipped into a semi-coma and I was caring for her the day she died.

I have witnessed many deaths.  I have been with people who peacefully breathe their last, and have been with people who see angels.  I have seen people die suddenly and seen them die much later than the doctors predicted.  But I have never seen anyone die like Jenny.

Jenny continued to be in a semi-coma but was so restless.  It seemed that no combination of meds could calm her. Her room was always dark and she had several people in the room with her.  She had not spoken for a few days and was in the process of dying.  I would come in and give her meds in the IV and she would be calm for a short amount of time, but then grow restless again.  I continued to care for Jenny and towards the end of my shift I went in to give her more meds.  As usual, she was on her back with her eyes closed.  I turned on the light above the sink to prepare the IV tubing so I could give her meds.  Suddenly, she got very stiff so I looked at her face.  She opened her eyes wide in fear and stared straight up at the ceiling. It’s what happened next that has haunted me.  She said, “No!” and then screamed, “NO!!!  NOOOO!!!” and died.

The immediate reaction of everyone in the room was to cry.  Her friends cried tears of sorrow because they were going to miss their friend.  Her parents cried over the loss of their daughter.  I cried because of the way her life ended and the emptiness of not living fully loved.  It is never God’s will that anyone die apart from Him, so I know He cried.  His heart cried over the fact that He passionately wanted Jenny to know Him for who He was, and He wanted her to experience His indescribable love.  God had not forced a relationship with her, and she had not chosen a relationship with Him.  Death made it final.

*This is not her real name.

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Thank you Sandra for letting me share that with the world. Maybe you should consider your own blog!

Please feel free to share your comments on you reaction to this story.  I know Sandra would appreciate your thoughts too.


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15 responses to “The Death of an Athiest – Special Guest Blog

  1. Wow, smoking powerful blog post!!!

  2. Sandra– Thanks for sharing that. I had a similar experience once attending a funeral for a non-believer. God was never mentioned. The agony of the family was almost unbearable because they were also non-believers. The hope of our faith is indeed precious.

  3. If my heart is breaking because of this, how must have our Lord’s broken on that trajic day. Thanks for sharing your cousin’s story Tuck.

  4. what kind of emails?
    from atheists or believers?

  5. Wow — very powerful.

  6. WOW! Prayers for all the nurses who deal in those situations.

  7. Good stuff. Moving. Thoughtful. Provocative. Sobering. Death is the all-time discriminator, isn’t it? And I always think of the caregivers who deal with this every day all day.

  8. So you and your friend uses the death of another person to propagate your evil dogma and this is somehow nobel. You people sicken me. Why can’t you honor the privacy of this woman and not use her story to prop up your disgusting belief in an evil God like Jesus.

  9. Welcome Mr. Atheist Liberty,
    This story was just that, a story! I can understand why you consider it an “evil dogma”. We just disagree, and, we choose to do it in a civil manner. It was not intended to anger anyone, but to just recount an experience from a Christian perspective. I do believe we honored her privacy, no one knows who or where. There were many more facts to the story that were omitted. It was not our intention to sicken you, but anything we say about God you describe as evil will probably sicken you. We do respect your freedom to your beliefs and thats why your comment is staying put, just like my freedom to tell a story. You have the freedom to not believe it.

  10. Still a powerful story .. still glad you shared it.

  11. How can an Atheist believe in evil? hmm, prayers for Mr Atheist Liberty. Loved your blog and the story. I’ve always been interested in near death experiences. When my grandmother died of cancer, apparently the last thing she did was smile and say my grandfather’s name (who’d passed before her)

    Keep up the good work. PS, Go Huskers.

  12. “For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.” -1Co 1:18 =)

  13. hx2yLR hi! how you doin?

  14. Um, well, I’m an atheist. Just writing to let you know that someone took this without crediting you:

    http://carbon-based-lifeform.blogspot.com/2008/11/death-of-athiest-special-guest-blog.html

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