What I did on my summer vacation!

I am not sure this title will generate much interest but what is on my mind might. This summer has been like most summers lately as I cycle more often, visit my elderly parents in Minnesota, highlight a few big events through the church and finish a couple projects around the house. But something far more significant has caught my attention. It is how I deal with death.

This summer I have thought about a few individuals in our church family everyday who are facing life threatening illnesses. It was so disconcerting to me that I asked the church to join me in praying for these dear friends who had been given months not years by the Doctors to live. We met on Wednesday night and pray. Four of the five people were able to attend in person. It was an amazing night of hope, faith and prayer. My summer has included prayer for these friends everyday.

Death is discouraging, annoying, to be avoided, the enemy and a host of other heavy ideas. But while I was on vacation I heard a pastor talk about death using other terms with Ecclesiastes 7:1-2: “A good name is better than fine perfume, and the day of death better than the day of birth. It is better to go to a house of mourning than to go to a house of feasting, for death is the destiny of everyone; the living should take this to heart.” How should I respond to these words? For me it means to walk more closely with those who face death. I need to accept the significance of dying and emphasize the assurance of eternity. My hope will give strength to those facing death. My own courage concerning death reflects a genuine trust in God’s authority over life and death. Death is courageous, advancement, to be embraced, victory and a host of other hopeful ideas. How do you respond to death?