Despite suffering yet another dangerous fall in his home, the former President has swiftly returned to his normal routine.
Former United States President and America's very own Mr. Unstoppable Jimmy Carter has returned to teaching Sunday school at his local church after suffering a serious fall on October 21. Carter fractured his pelvis as a result of his fall, but after undergoing a brief period of hospitalization, it appears that he is back to regular programming. He entered the overpacked main hall of his church in Plains, Georgia with the help of a walker, Politico reports. It seems that nothing will stop the oldest living former President of the United States. After all, it was only a few months ago that he suffered another major fall which resulted in a black eye and the need for several stitches.
Carter taught a Bible lesson on life after death, which, depending on how you look at it, is either ironic or completely fitting. The Democrat, now 95 years old, entered Maranatha Baptist Church and sat on a motorized lift chair at the front of the "classroom" for his 45-minute lesson. The lesson was based on the Old Testament book of Job. There were more than 400 people present during his lesson in the main hall. However, because there were so many people in attendance, smaller overflow rooms had to be utilized. Dozens of other churchgoers were present in these rooms, where Carter's lesson was shown on television screens.
According to Reverend Tony Lowden, though Secret Service agents, relatives, and even fellow church members had tried to discourage him from teaching again following his second fall in two weeks, the former President was unrelenting. He stated, "He is pouring out that you might see Christ while he is suffering... The greatest thing I’ve learned as a pastor here is watching JC follow JC." The latter statement, of course, referred to Carter and Jesus Christ's initials. During the service, the oldest living President discussed his perspective on death. He 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."
He also discussed the state of politics and democracy in the United States. "Wouldn't it be nice if the United States of America could be a superpower in maintaining peace?" He asked. "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." After he completed his lesson, he remained for the worship service, taking a seat beside his wife Rosalynn Carter and singing hymns with the rest of the congregation. He probably does have some type of superpower, because that is a different kind of dedication altogether!