Thursday, September 22, 2016

LIVING AND DYING


"While we live, we live to please the Lord. And when we die, we go to be with the Lord. So in life and in death, we belong to the Lord." (Hebrews 14:8 NLT)

The more I look at death's ugly face, and the more I confront my own mortality, the more I will know how to help others who are in pain because of death.  And the more I will know how to live…

Jesus offers us hope, peace, comfort and grace as we face our own death.  We can also offer these gifts as we walk through death with others.  God has told us that yes, we need to grieve, but not like those who are without hope.  In Scripture He has given us models of those who have lost their children, and of elderly people who have died with dignity because of God in their lives. And finally He has shown that, when Christ is the center of our lives, it really doesn't make a lot of difference whether we live or die. It does make a difference that we glorify God in either.

-- Phyllis J. Le Peau in Caring for People in Grief


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