Former President Jimmy Carter Says He's 'At Ease With Death' in Sunday Sermon

Former President Jimmy Carter said Sunday during a sermon at his church in Georgia that he is "absolutely and completely at ease" with his death. Carter, 95, was the 39th President of the United States who beat cancer four years ago.

It was in 2015 when Carter, then at age 90, who found out he had cancer that spread to spots on his brain. He said during Sunday's sermon that he dealt with death in 2015, and learned to face its reality when he thought he had only a few weeks to live.

"I assumed, naturally, that I was going to die very quickly," Carter said at the service, as CNN reported. "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."

Carter continued his sermon with a smile when he admitted that it didn't matter to him whether he lived or died back then, but there was an exception.

"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," Carter said.

Carter turned 95 on October 1 this year, making him the oldest living president in history, passing the mark of 94 by George H.W. Bush when he passed away nearly a year ago.

Carter typically gives a sermon every Sunday at Maranatha Baptist Church in Plains, Georgia, but a pelvic fracture on October 21 sidelined him a couple of weeks. Though the church announced Carter would miss time in the pulpit, he returned Sunday and even touched on the happenings in Washington.

"Wouldn't it be nice if the United States of America could be a superpower in maintaining peace? ... Suppose the United States was a super power 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," Carter said on Sunday.

Carter said if people in the country reached out to one another in peace, instead of hate, it would make the U.S. a peaceful superpower.

"That's the way to make the United States a superpower," Carter said. "We can help the United States become more peaceful."

When Carter began radiation in 2015 and addressed a plethora of reporters, he addressed his mortality back then, which was virtually the same message he delivered on Sunday.

"I have had a wonderful life," Carter said in 2015. "I'm ready for anything and I'm looking forward to new adventure ... It is in the hands of God, whom I worship."

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Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter smiles during a book signing event for his new book 'Faith: A Journey For All' at Barnes & Noble bookstore in Midtown Manhattan, March 26, 2018 in New York City. Carter, 93, has been a prolific author since leaving office in 1981, publishing dozens of books. Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images