My cell phone flashed a friend’s name whom I had not seen for several years. I answered, knowing why she was calling me. “Hi Sally.”
Sally’s father just passed away after living a full life. She was struggling to deal with the recent loss. As she began to share some of her fond memories of her father, she brought up a new issue with her mother. Since her father’s passing a month ago, her mother had withdrawn. She informed Sally that she did not want to see anyone, including her own children and grandchildren. She never left her home and although Sally would bring food to the house and sit outside, knocking on the door, she refused to see her.
“I think she’s given up.” I could hear her sobbing and I gave her the space she needed and did not immediately respond.
“Is there anything I can do for you or your mother?”
“She doesn’t even want to see me so no, I appreciate the offer, but nothing right now.” She paused for a few moments then said, “Thanks for listening to me.”
The loss of a loved one is difficult for everyone. For some of us, it may be a reminder that our time may also be coming to an end. The Bible gives us many examples of great saints who bravely faced their impending death. A poignant example is what the Apostle Paul wrote in his last letter to his protege, Timothy.
For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure has come. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith; in the future there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day; and not only to me, but also to all who have loved His appearing.
2 Timothy 4:6-8 (NASB)
It is reassuring to know that the word “departure” that the Apostle Paul used, is the same word for releasing a prisoner or unyoking an ox. In other words, although Paul knew that he would soon be executed, he did not view it as a defeat or an end, but a release! God was preparing him for even greater service.
For the Christian believer, death is not giving up, eternity is just beginning. Everyone can have this hope when they have accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.
Love and trust in the Lord; seek His will in your life.