"I didn't ask God to let me live, but I asked God to give me a proper attitude toward death. And I found that I was absolutely and completely at ease with death." - Jimmy Carter
On Sunday, former President Jimmy Carter said that he "was absolutely and completely at ease with death" after doctors told him in 2015 that his cancer had spread to his brain. CNN reported that he attended a church service in Plains, Georgia and said, "I assumed, naturally, that I was going to die very quickly. I obviously prayed about it. I didn't ask God to let me live, but I asked God to give me a proper attitude toward death. And I found that I was absolutely and completely at ease with death."
"It didn't really matter to me whether I died or lived. Except I was going to miss my family, and miss the work at the Carter Center and miss teaching your Sunday school service sometimes and so forth. All those delightful things," the former president added, smiling. Carter, the son of a peanut farmer, entered the US Naval Academy during World War II. In December 2015, Carter announced that he beat cancer after receiving an experimental treatment for liver cancer that metastasized to his brain.
At a news conference around the same time, he announced that his fate was "in the hands of God" and vowed to continue teaching Sunday school at his church "as long as I'm (he is) physically able." Jimmy Carter celebrated his 95th birthday on October 1, becoming the oldest living President in the United States. Carter, who teaches Sunday school lessons at Maranatha Baptist Church in his home state of Georgia, has now taken a small break.
This is because a recent fall led to a minor pelvic fracture. The church announced that they would miss his presence but later said that he would take his classes as per schedule. Carter, who recently spoke out about the chaos of Washington, also touched on the state of the nation in the Sunday morning service. "Wouldn't it be nice if the United States of America could be a superpower in maintaining peace?" he asked the attendees.
He went on to add, "Suppose the United States was a superpower in environmental policy. Suppose the United States was a superpower in treating people equally. See, that's the kind of superpower I'd like to have," said Carter Sunday, who once said that if he had one wish for the rest of his life it would be that he gets to see peace in the Middle East." He also added that the United States would be a better country if people reached out to those who needed a friend. "That's the way to make the United States a superpower, we can help the United States become more peaceful."