Jack (John Roy Farrell, Jr.) died September 10 at 9:15AM after a long battle with brain cancer. It was a battle he fought with faith, courage and trust in the will of his Lord Jesus. Jack's favorite scripture was Psalm 118. The selected verses above are engraved on the urn containing his ashes.
The first and final chapters of Jack's story are about love. God first loved Jack. John 3:16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. NIV Jesus gifted Jack with His love in this world and eternal life with Himself. John 10:27-28 My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand. NIV Jack's faith, courage and trust are the fruit of his love for his Lord, and those to whom the Lord sent him. The scripture describing this love is from Mark 12:29-31 'Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.' The second is this: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.' There is no commandment greater than these." NIV
Rabbi Cohen wrote us we are not mourning the dead that has gone on to a better place, we are mourning ourselves who are still here awaiting our opportunity to go home. Amen! As we mourn, we are mindful of Psalm 118:24 This is the day the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. NIV Throughout this entire experience, the Lord has been telling us not to let Satan steal our joy and gladness so we focus on the joy He provides each day, and overlook everything else.
BACKGROUND: Jack had a brain tumor. He had surgery and radiation treatments in 1998. At that time it was an oligodendroglioma, which the doctor said had likely been growing since childhood. In 2002, routine examination found there was new tumor growth. By this time, the doctors said it likely had changed to an astrocytoma tumor, which is faster growing. Jack did not have another biopsy to know exactly what type or stage it had become because the treatment options were the same. The MRI's provided the needed information to guide the doctors and show us what was going on. Chemotherapy treatment #1 in the Fall did not stop the growth. Chemo treatment #2 in the Winter did not stop the growth either. His doctors advised that re-radiation was the next best treatment but at the end of May Jack decided not to undergo re-radiation.
Jack never failed to believe that God would heal him. He completely trusted in God's will for his life. Jack's faith and trust carried him through his first surgery and radiation treatments, and through each new day thereafter. He always had a positive attitude and never complained or worried about tomorrow. His thoughts about the future were always "what will happen after I'm healed?" Jack never gave up the hope for his future. Please know that God cared and provided for Jack's needs through every time of trial in his life. He lived with his family who loved and supported him but the Lord clearly cared and provided for Jack's needs. Jesus was glorified by Jack's life and the faith and confidence he had to the very end of his life. top of page