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Kara Tippetts went to be with her Lord on Sunday, March 22, 2015.

You can read her obituary here.

She recently wrote on her blog:

My little body has grown tired of battle, and treatment is no longer helping.

But what I see, what I know, what I have is Jesus.

He has still given me breath, and with it I pray I would live well and fade well. By degrees doing both, living and dying, as I have moments left to live.

I get to draw my people close, kiss them and tenderly speak love over their lives.

I get to pray into eternity my hopes and fears for the moments of my loves.

I get to laugh and cry and wonder over Heaven.

I do not feel like I have the courage for this journey, but I have Jesus—and He will provide.

He has given me so much to be grateful for, and that gratitude, that wondering over His love, will cover us all.

And it will carry us—carry us in ways we cannot comprehend.

Kara was the author of the book The Hardest Peace, and also the author of an open letter to suicide advocate and victim Brittany Maynard.

Psalm 145:17-19

The LORD is righteous in all his ways and kind in all his works.
The LORD is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth.
He fulfills the desire of those who fear him He also hears their cry and saves them

Psalm 16:11

You make known to me the path of life;
in your presence there is fullness of joy;
at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.

1 Thessalonians 4:13-14, 16, 18

13 We do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about those who are asleep, that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope.
14 For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep. 16 For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first.
18 Therefore encourage one another with these words.

Revelation 22:20

He who testifies to these things says, “Surely I am coming soon.” Amen. Come, Lord Jesus!


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3 thoughts on “In Death, a Witness to Life: Kara Tippetts (1976-2015)”

  1. I’m sorry we were not friends here. I like who she is, and how she loves and gives even when her body was calling it quits. But her body was weaker than her love and ran out of strength before she ran out of love. Thank you for sharing her love, your love, and the story of never ending love. I see nothing but love here…nothing but love.

  2. Jim Lee says:

    What a testimony with how she lived and died

  3. Julie says:

    Thank you so very much for introducing me to Kara’s story. Although heartbreaking, what wonderful lessons on how to cling to God’s goodness and mercy through the example she showed. God is so good and so amazing.

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