A Snapshot of Finishing Life Well

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Dr. Robert H. Mounce, president emeritus of Whitworth College, has served as an important biblical commentator (especially on the book of Revelation in the NICNT series) and as a Bible translator (involved early on in the translation of the NIV and serving on the translation committee of the ESV—where he served with his son Bill, author of the widely used Basics of Biblical Greek Grammar).

Filmmaker Shelby Mack was recently able to capture a brief snapshot of Dr. Mounce as he cares for his beloved wife through her extended illness. Dr. Mounce will be 90 at the end of the year, and his wife is 91.

This is what love and faithfulness looks like:

Bill Mounce writes:

I wish I could share some of the emails Dad has sent to me and to his grandkids. Wonderful musings on the end of life, on what love is, and especially on his thoughts about prayer. Do you pray that the Lord take her home (which mom wants) and end her pain—or do you pray for strength and God’s will? Dad told me the other day that he has come to see mom’s extended illness at the end of her life as her final gift to him so that he could learn at even a deeper level what love is. Ah, that we should all finish life this well.

See also this resignation speech from Robertson McQuilkin as he stepped down from Columbia International to care for his wife Muriel, who was suffering from Alzheimer’s:

You can read his first-person testimony here and in this book.

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