A few days ago a man who happens to live in another country wrote me with the sad news that his sister-is-law is dying of cancer. The doctor says she does not have a long time to live. Although she has received the news with grace and faith and seems to be doing well, he writes in part because he is concerned for her. She has chosen, at least for the moment, not to follow an aggressive program of treatment because the doctor says they cannot cure the cancer. And he is concerned for her husband, his brother, who came back to the faith a few years ago, mostly because of her vibrant Christian witness.

What should he say? How can he help his sister-in-law? That was the burden of his note to me. Here is an edited version of my answer to him.

You can reach the author at ray@keepbelieving.com . Click here to sign up for the free weekly email sermon.