DayBreaks for 1/29/18: So It Is True
From the DayBreaks archives, January 2008:
There are those who would tell us that anything we want to believe is true. I can only laugh. As if my believing anything makes it true!
I recently spent some time with a friend who was stricken with breast cancer that spread over the course of years into her bones, and now it has spread into her brain. We went to high school together – and in fact, I wrote about her earlier this week. I was blessed to go and sit by her side for a while, to hold her hand and reminisce as best we could with her in the condition she’s in. It is a terrible thing to see the toll that cancer takes on the body.
At one point in the conversation, as we were starting to talk about how she wanted her memorial service done, she teared up, her lip began to quiver, and it was clear that the spectre of death was very real and close to her at that moment. It is quite something to look into the eyes of one who knows they are already part way through death’s door. I’ve been asking myself a lot in the past week or so how it must feel to go to sleep at night and really not know if you’ll awaken again in this world.
As she cried, I whispered to her, “God loves you.” She whispered back: “I sure hope so.”
Death, like its master, Satan, stealthily watches to take its victims – sometimes as a thief in the night, sometimes in broad daylight. Often, he gives no warning, and thus it is that the Bible gives us the admonition to be prepared to meet not only our Maker, but death, at any time. We need to pay more attention to that admonition than we do.
The agnostic professor J. H. Huxley, was on his death bed. His nurse has told the tale of how, during the very last moments of his life as he lay there dying and breathing his very last breaths, he suddenly opened his eyes and looked up, apparently seeing something that was invisible to mortal eyes. After staring a short while, he whispered, “So it is true.”
It is true that we are mortal – although we don’t sometimes think death will really come to ME. But beyond that, it is true – there is a God and we will meet Him. It is also true that this God loves us deeply. Why do we resist the idea of God and eternal life so much? Perhaps because it seems too good to be true. Perhaps it’s more a matter of thinking that after the things we know we’ve thought and done and not done in life that God must be very, very disappointed and angry at us. I’m sure he’s disappointed in things we do and he hates the evil we do….but he still loves us.
It is when we are on our own deathbed that we will come face to face with our faith, and the One in whom that faith has been placed. May His mercy rest on us all.
PRAYER: For all who are facing death, Lord, we ask Your Presence, and for Your Spirit to move in their hearts, even as it did for the thief on the cross, and lead them to Paradise through faith in Your beloved Son! Comfort us in the hour of our death, Lord, and let us wake to see Your face. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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