With that last paragraph I couldn't help but think of my own father's death and all that led up to it. I then realized that unless death comes for me very quickly my world will shrink down--"become vastly diminished, constricted"--and the rhythms of life I now enjoy will be over. In light of this I feel both saddened and enlivened. Saddened--it wasn't meant to be this way. Sin is so utterly devastating and ugly. Enlivened--Jesus has been raised from the dead! He will raise me and all his people up to eternal life. The specter of death still roams and runs but there is Another--the destroyer of death. I believe in the resurrection!
Monday, July 21, 2014
When Death Comes
Russel Saltzman has a fine piece entitled Five Rules for Consoling the Dying. The whole piece is worth reading but I was especially by these words: