A Letter From Terri

Dear All 

Please read the letter from Terri, below. It was hard work (this kind of thing is slow and difficult for her right now) but very important to her. We worked on it for two hours this morning.   

We are still waiting to hear what, if any, treatment will be possible.  They are still watching Terri 24/7. They are all very kind. 

Here’s Terri:

Dear Friends and Family 

By now you know about my cancer. It has happened so fast, but the Lord is with us and encouraging us.  I want to ask two favours of you.

First, this song got real. Please, listen to it, it is not long: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xL7rDeNYwDY. I so want to see you over there. 

Second, can you join us, sometime this Sunday, in singing “Because He Lives”? If you don’t know it, you can play this and sing along: 


I know people around the world are receiving this, and it would be an encouragement to know that we are singing it together, because it answers everything. 

It hurts me when people blame God and say He hasn’t been fair. I know people mean well and say it out of love and affection. But please don’t say that, even to yourself. The song answers it.  I don’t want people who care about me to be angry with God on my behalf. I love Him for everything He has done for me, and I want you to love Him, too. 

What is fair? If God were fair, he wouldn’t have sent Jesus to die, and rise again for me. If God were fair, I’d have “crossed that river” long ago, and I would be in Hell. 

But God did send His Son for a sinner like me, and He “bled and died to buy my pardon.” Now He lives and I will, too. I will be with Jesus who loves me so much, in Glory. I’m ok, I’m better than ok. 

I want to be honest with you. I’m afraid of “life’s final war with pain.” But it doesn’t matter if I’m a coward, the lights of Glory will still be there. They are there for me, not because of any good in me, but because He lives. Death will give way to victory, and I’m not going to lose that victory even if I’m afraid of the pain. Jesus guaranteed my victory.  He lives, and so will I.

Isaiah 25:8

He will swallow up death in victory; and the Lord GOD will wipe away tears from off all faces; and the rebuke of his people shall he take away from off all the earth: for the LORD hath spoken it. 

John 3:16

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. 

John 11:25-26

25 Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: 

26 And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this? 

Do you believe that? I’m asking you if you believe, but do you see that verse? Jesus asked it first, do you believe? We believe it. That is what we count on. You can believe it, and if you do, we will see you over there. Please contact Jon if you need help in understanding. 

It appears I may not see many of you again unless it is “over there.” That only has to be sad if you aren’t going there. Please, come join us. 



Thank you to those who have sent messages to Terri on www.messagesforterrigleason.wordpress.com. She has read all the messages so far, more than once.  They are deeply appreciated. 

To send private messages that I and all of our kids (and their spouses) will see, but no one else, go to www.messagesforterrisfamily.wordpress.com/.   

If you want to receive updates on Terri’s status, please send me an email using my contact page.

Thank you for all the encouragement, love, and prayers.

In Him 


About Jon Gleason

Former Pastor of Free Baptist Church of Glenrothes
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12 Responses to A Letter From Terri

  1. Alan Kearns says:

    Jon and Terri I am deeply touched and humbled by this testimony. I pray that your words will reap a rich harvest in the coming days for our Master. Would it be okay to repost this to widen the reach? May our Almighty God bless you and your family with comfort and peace in the coming days.

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  3. David Landon says:

    Pastor Jon,

    Our hearts are with you and the family. I’m praying for God’s grace to be felt for all, but especially for you during this difficult time. We love you, and are with you in spirit despite the many miles apart.

  4. S.o.H says:

    Thank you Jon, for working with Terri to bring this message online. ☺

    Terri, what a deep of wisdom and wonderful letter you wrote I am sorry to hear about your battle with cancer but can see from your letter, that Jesus is your focus and I am truly encouraged by that element and it has help me deepen my faith with our almighty Lord… Thank you Terri. for taking the time to write this letter that I am very sure will bless many souls… Yes! Terri, Victory through Jesus Christ!!!

    God Bless, Jon & Terri,

    P.s. The song the Holy Spirit brought to my attention to share here is O come Emmanuel, meaning (God is among us!)

  5. Sam Powell says:

    I don’t know what to say…Thank you for your example of patience and courage, and mostly of your witness of our beautiful savior.
    You probably know this, but I want to share the Heidelberg Catechism, question 1.

    1. What is your only comfort in life and in death?

    That I, with body and soul, both in life and in death, am not my own, but belong to my faithful Savior Jesus Christ, who with His precious blood has fully satisfied for all my sins, and redeemed me from all the power of the devil; and so preserves me, that without the will of my Father in heaven not a hair can fall from my head; indeed, that all things must work together for my salvation. Wherefore, by His Holy Spirit, He also assures me of eternal life, and makes me heartily willing and ready from now on to live for Him.

  6. tigersong3 says:

    First Baptist of Boardman in Oregon will be closing our service with Because He Lives on Sunday. Praying for you all!

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