"I naturally assumed that I would die very soon," Carter said while delivering a church sermon in Plains, Georgia. "I was clearly praying for that. I didn't ask God to let me live, but I asked God to give me a proper attitude about death. And I found that I was absolutely and completely at peace with death."
"It didn't really matter to me if I died or lived. Except that I will miss my family and miss my job at Carter Center and sometimes miss teaching my Sunday school service and so on. All these wonderful things, "the 39th president added, smiling.
The son of a peanut farmer serving the United States during World War II, Carter announced he defeated cancer in December 201
5 after receiving experimental treatment for liver cancer that metastasized to his brain. During a press conference, Carter said his fate was "in the hands of God" and promised to continue teaching Sunday school in his church "as long as I was physically fit."
When Carter celebrates his 95th birthday on October 1, he becomes the oldest living former president of the United States, a title he once held by the late George HW Bush, who died at the end of 2018. at 94 years old.
Every Sunday, Carter gives a sermon at Maran Baptist Church in his home state of Georgia, but after falling to his home on October 21, which led to a minor pelvic fracture, the church said it would miss its weekly appearance. The church later announced that the former president would teach on a scheduled basis.
Carter, who recently spoke about the chaos of Washington, also touched on the state of the nation in his Sunday morning sermon.
"Wouldn't it be nice if the United States of America could be a superpower for peacekeeping? Suppose the United States was a superpower in environmental policy. Suppose the United States was a superpower in relation to Look, this is the kind of superpower I would like to have, "said Carter Sunday, who once said that if he had a desire for the rest of his life, it would be that he would see peace in the Middle East.
Carter said the United States would be a better country if people reached out to someone who may need a friend.
"This is the way to make the US a superpower," he said. "We can help the United States become more peaceful."