“We can’t be afraid of death,” Livanos said. “My goal in sharing all of this is that you may understand and appreciate the authentic value of life from the perspective of death … death is not the end, but a door toward eternal life.”
In a touching tribute to his ministry, Karen Mansfield of the Observer-Reperter writes about Father George’s journey in confronting his own mortality.
Through the videos, peppered with personal observations and life lessons, Livanos – who has called his illness a “blessing” – aims to provide guidance and inspiration, and help church members face the uncomfortable reality of the end of life.Karen Mansfield, Observer-Reporter
“We weren’t born to live upon this earth for long. It could be 80 years, it could be 100 years, but that’s nothing compared to eternity,” said Livanos. “When we live a Christ-centered life, it’s never about our timing and our plans, but his will and desire for our salvation. Even now, being confined at home with hospice, I find myself still ministering via text, email, phone and even video. While I don’t have the physical strength and stamina to lead our worship service, God has still seen fit that I would love and reach out in his name. So, if I am called to do his will, I pray that I have fulfilled it and I am still fulfilling it.”