Don’t live life in fear of death

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, March 7, 2012

At my age, 77, it’s a daily routine for me to read the death notices. Prior to that, I pray for people who I know are experiencing health problems. I spent this past weekend at the hospital. Jeanne was taken to the emergency room after a week of experiencing anxiety following a visit to the doctor’s office for high blood pressure. Needless to say, our family, like many, have known what it is to go through some serious health problems.

I’m glad to report Jeanne is doing well. That didn’t stop some negative thoughts from intruding upon our family’s lives, and we called for some Divine reinforcement. In times like these, we don’t hesitate to call for help. Not for words taught by human knowledge but inspired by the Spirit, combining spiritual thoughts with prayer.

I found myself thinking how easy it is to pray when all is going well, but at crunch time, I struggle. I can’t tell you how many tests my wife had to endure, but I can tell you the enemy allowed negative thoughts to continually torment me.

With high blood pressure, a stroke is one of the first things that comes to mind. Another dreaded report would have been the damnable disease called cancer. My stay at the hospital reminded me of the blessings that God has continually bestowed on our family. It also made me realize there are so many sick and lonely people fighting sickness after hearing words such as incurable and terminal, undergoing treatment with no hope.

Two families I met were waiting on the word that their loved one had died, both victims of the dreaded disease cancer. I’m reminded of something I read years ago about a Christian who had died of cancer. The following was distributed at his funeral.

Cancer is limited…

It cannot cripple love,

It cannot corrode faith,

It cannot eat away peace,

It cannot destroy confidence,

It cannot kill friendship,

It cannot shut out memories,

It cannot silence courage,

It cannot invade the soul,

It cannot reduce eternal life,

It cannot quench the Spirit,

It cannot lessen the power of the resurrection.

The bottom line is that life is for living, not fearing physical death, but keeping our sights on eternity.

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