Tony Snow, 1955-2008

Last December I wrote I post called Unexpected Blessings. It was a piece that highlighted a Christianity Today piece on Tony Snow. On hearing of his passing today I just had to share a few bits of wisdom from this great man.. the following are from Tony's heart to yours:
Blessings arrive in unexpected packages—in my case, cancer.

Those of us with potentially fatal diseases—and there are millions in America today—find ourselves in the odd position of coping with our mortality while trying to fathom God's will. Although it would be the height of presumption to declare with confidence What It All Means, Scripture provides powerful hints and consolations.

The first is that we shouldn't spend too much time trying to answer the why questions: Why me? Why must people suffer? Why can't someone else get sick? We can't answer such things, and the questions themselves often are designed more to express our anguish than to solicit an answer.

I don't know why I have cancer, and I don't much care. It is what it is—a plain and indisputable fact. Yet even while staring into a mirror darkly, great and stunning truths begin to take shape. Our maladies define a central feature of our existence: We are fallen. We are imperfect. Our bodies give out.
Finally, we can let love change everything. When Jesus was faced with the prospect of crucifixion, he grieved not for himself, but for us. He cried for Jerusalem before entering the holy city. From the Cross, he took on the cumulative burden of human sin and weakness, and begged for forgiveness on our behalf.

We get repeated chances to learn that life is not about us—that we acquire purpose and satisfaction by sharing in God's love for others. Sickness gets us partway there.
I encourage you to read the whole Christianity Today article.. it will give you a picture and a model of God's grace.


  1. I thought that I would leave the first comment with a quote:

    "God has not promised us tommorow, but He has promised us Eternity." -Tony Snow

    Seems fitting for this occasion.

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  4. This is a good tribute and a wonderful insight into health issues.

    Love that first quote!!!

    He will be missed.


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