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December 31, 2019
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“Jesus looked at him and loved him…” (Mark 10:21, NIV 1984).


I just arrived home after attending a Muslim prayer service for the wife and child of a friend. His wife died tragically one week before birthing their first son. The service was simple with a few additional prayers in Arabic after the third prayers of the day at 5 p.m. I was able to spend some minutes speaking with the one who had lost so much. He was filled with a deep and beautiful peace that came from surrendering to God’s will. He plans to spend the next 30 years of his life working, trusting God and not complaining to the world of his loss, and thus deserve to join his wife and child in heaven.


Nothing about this man’s faith was artificial or insincere. He holds no anger for life’s great blow. He trusts God to do in his life as God sees fit. He has surrendered to God’s will in the way I hope I can when my turn comes. I have no criticism of his approach to this horrendous tragedy. I wish most Christians could face such loss so well. Many do.


If a man who follows Islam can meet life’s greatest blow with such surrender to the Almighty, does this make his religion more valid?


It certainly makes his personal faith deserving of my respect.


I do not find myself doubting the cross of Christ when confronting such a successful approach to life’s worst blow, even though it came through a different faith. I do not believe there is a way to God our Father except through the blood of Christ.


Since I have a responsibility to share this truth with my friend, how do I do so?


Dear Father,

Please bring this young man to you.


Al Weir, MD

About Al Weir, MD

After leaving academic medicine, Dr. Weir served in private practice at the West Clinic in Memphis, Tennessee from 1991-2005 before joining the CMDA staff as Vice President of Campus & Community Ministries where he served for three years from 2005-2008. He is presently Professor of Medicine at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center and Program Director for the Hematology/Oncology fellowship program. He is also President of Albanian Health Fund, an educational ministry to Albania where he has been serving for 20 years. He is the author of two books: When Your Doctor Has Bad News and Practice by the Book. Dr. Weir’s work has also been published in many medical journals and other publications. Al and his wife Becky live in Memphis, Tennessee, and they have three children and three grandchildren. Dr. Weir is currently serving on CMDA's Board of Trustees.

1 Comment

  1. Avatar Majd Jabbour on January 2, 2020 at 12:29 am

    In Christianity, death is not God’s will. Rather, it is something brought upon ourselves through our own fallen nature ever since Adam and Eve defied His will in Paradise. As “resurrectionists”, our faith is rooted in the hope of the resurrection and eternal life that is promised to us and is everlasting.
    Death is a tragedy, and the feelings of frustration and mourning are features of our humanity and are therefore permissible as long as they don’t take over our life and become a barrier in our existence in which we are expected to exemplify our faith and live to serve the glory of God each day.
    We live in a fallen world ruled by the prince of darkness as Jesus told us, and by accepting this fact and constantly reminding ourselves that we are servants of the One and Only God, we free ourselves from the shackles of enslavement of this world and realize that the pains will pass and that the true journey is yet to begin and that our time on this earth is but a speck of water, an atom unfathomable by the universe in a vast ocean of endlessness.
    Jesus was straightforward when He stated that the only way to the Lord is through Him. I lived with Muslims, and their faith is very different than ours. To us Christians it is flawed as they do not believe Christ is the Son of God nor do they acknowledge His Crucifixion. And so in this new decade, as we reflect upon the purpose of our existence and all that surrounds it whether it be death or life, let us search for all questions within our Christian faith and only then will we find the answers of true comfort, in Christ not in other religions or philosophies. He was, is, and will forever be the Eternal Truth Pilate was looking for not realizing It was standing in front of him fully embodied.

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