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Day 25 – Issue 21

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Be Still Know

Romans 14:8 NLT

‘If we live, it’s to honour the LORD. And if we die, it’s to honour the LORD. So whether we live or die, we belong to the LORD.’

As I converse with older people, it’s clear that the subject of mortality generally, and death specifically, are seldom topics for popular conversation. This presents challenges, since each one of us can do nothing about ageing and unless Christ returns in our lifetime, will encounter the reality of death. How many of us have made our peace with both the moment and the manner of our death and can articulate to family and friends the peace we’ve made with both?

It is the manner of death that most often creates the greatest shadows of fear within our minds. The thought of unremitting pain is an unimaginable concept. Yet, it’s not just the elders that see death creeping up on them. So how can Paul claim that whether we live or die, it’s all about God? Is this some form of Christianised positive thinking?

Once we choose to take on trust the truth of the incarnation and the resurrection, I believe we are empowered to view death from a different angle. Yes, it will occur, and yes, we have little control over its character and timing. But we do have the opportunity to reflect on who we are in God, to consider what we truly believe about God, to reflect on how safe we feel in God holding us in each present moment and how confident we are in the reality of Christ’s return and our own eternal security.

My reflection enables me to explore my various doubts. I choose to reveal those areas where I seriously lack faith, and identify what I fear the most. One person I spoke with was distressed because having made arrangements for her funeral, sorted all important documents and stored them in a safe place, she was unable to have the conversation she wanted with her children, who didn’t want to address their mother’s death. So mortality raises serious and important issues for all age groups.

QUESTION: Do you have any fears and doubts regarding death? Who can you talk to?

PRAYER: Lord, may you be glorified in my life and in my death.

Written by: Matt Weet

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