Who in this life desires to face death’s door? Who has the faith to believe that new life is on the other side? Those who are in pain and agony may be the only ones who are truly ready to answer this question. While in good health we tend to shun the idea; death is not something we like to think or talk about. But we must.
If God is true, then we can look at all of this life in light of His promises. What does His Word teach us about death? What does the Bible say about life after death?
What is truth? What is fiction or heresy? We must each settle these questions in our own hearts and minds, based on what we have read or heard from other people, our own experiences with the deaths of loved ones, and/or by faith in God’s Word. It is the understanding of these things that enable us to die, or to endure the grief in the loss of our loved ones.
What I believe will keep me steadfast in hope when I face that door. How I live now is preparing me for death to this life and the “immediate passing into glory.” (SC) Faith, through the grace of Jesus Christ will enable me to accept Jerry’s death if he dies before I do.
God teaches us in many ways—specifically through His Word; but He works in His providence to reveal His intervention in our lives and the lives of our loved ones. My brother was at death’s door twice before it was opened. Five months ago when he had complications from gall bladder surgery, in ICU for 6 weeks, he was not ready to go; his wife nor his doctor (who was a good friend of the family) were ready to let him go. He was placed in two other facilities, heavily medicated for pain, paranoia, and depression, before being brought back to the hospital for the amputation of his toes. This was the final trauma that enabled him to face, and desire this opening and passing through this door. Death was the only truth, and hope, left. The mystery on the other side was drawing him to embrace his death and to submit to it.
God blessed, during these five months, for my sister-in-law, alone without her husband, to experience His care for her.
My dad died on Labor Day seventeen years ago. Friday, following that Monday, Jerry’s nephew’s daughter was born—a message that life goes on, even when one is taken from us.
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“If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself
and take up his cross daily and follow me.“
There is a death that must take place in this life—death to our own way of life and the desires of the flesh. The eternal life that awaits the believer beyond the door of physical death begins now. We experience it here on this earth, in the everyday trials, pain and agony. New life begins the moment God’s Spirit births us into His kingdom, and it transports us beyond this wilderness into His glory for eternity. For this truth, and in the reality of this promise, we rejoice now, and evermore in the Lord, Jesus Christ, who has opened this door of grace for those who follow Him.
“I AM THE DOOR…” John 10:9