In getting ready for The End of LIfe Seminar, I have realized how much is involved in 'getting ready to die'. All the things that are involved in moving from Point A (Life here and now) to Point B (death, and beyond). Of course, we have been focusing on the physical and material side of preparation. (Spiritual preparation is the locomotor that takes us from Point B on to Point E (Eternity with our Lord).
Getting the legal papers in order (will, living will, DNR and other directives) takes time and all kind of legal advice. Looking at the cost of dying (medical bills plus funeral home costs, etc) is enough to 'scare you to death'. But there are many helps along this last leg of the journey to help one make it more bearable.
Through the Council on Aging, local Home Health agencies and Hospice groups special helps and care are available to ease the pain at the end of this journey. As rough as it all is, the words of the old hymn is still so true, "I Won't Have to Cross Jordan Alone". For walking beside us all the way is the Lord Jesus. His promised the Comforter to walk beside us step-by-step. Often we realize 'an angel' has visited us by the message whispered in our ear, a soothing touch on the hand, or a cool sip of water when thirst is so great. The presence of the Holy Spirit is our constant helper and encourager.
It has been said, 'there are some things worse than death', and I am sure it is true. Paul reminds us over and over not to fear death. He knew that Jesus had conquered death's final grip on us, and through His resurrection, we can reign eternally with our Lord. "Death, where is your sting; Where is your victory?" (1 Cor 15:55).
(Phil. 1:21) "For me, to live is Christ and to die is gain". Paul saw death as a gateway to the new, eternal life. So as we pulled things together in planning for our final "Going Away Party", we were reminded that only through our faith and trust in Jesus can we inherit this eternal life beyond the gate way called "death".
So get that check-list out, go over it carefully, pull together important details that need attention. Give your family a gift so special. We all have questions about the final days of life, death and the 'hereafter'. But the Scripture promises "one day we will stand face-to-face with the resurrected Lord". All questions will be answered. All sorrows and fears will be no more. O blessed thought! So plan your 'party'; and be ready to celebrate as if it were today.