It was almost one year ago that I sat and comforted my mother as she went through the process of dying. I am now reliving that time again as I care for a beloved elder of the congregation who is ill and moving toward meeting Jesus face to face.
It is emotionally draining to be a comfort to elderly women at this stage of life but it is also awe-inspiring. In both cases these women are unafraid of death. They have been friends of Jesus for their entire lives. They look forward to death as it ends the pains of this world and brings them to the peace of the Lord Jesus. They know that to paraphrase Paul, “the sufferings of this world cannot be compared to the glory that will be revealed to us.”
This is a lesson for all of us. We can face death if we are friends of Jesus the Lord and live to serve him in this life. May we all live such faithful lives that when our time for dying comes we shall not fear. We shall look forward to seeing Jesus.