I worked for Hospice for several years delivering medical equipment, and I also served as a volunteer Chaplin. Seeing different people suffering with a life ending illness on a daily basis was difficult. Death is indiscriminate. It has no concern for age, race, or social class, and the mourning that goes along with death is equally indiscriminate.
The biggest variation that I saw in attitudes was from the patients themselves. Those who didn’t know God were often very angry about their situation. They wanted to know why this was happening to them. Those who had a relationship with God would often express that they were at perfect peace. In many cases, in the midst of suffering, with no human hope of a cure, they were kind, concerned for others, humors, and calm.
I cannot express enough the comfort that this sense of peace from the patients brought to their family and friends. Often times when the patient was fearful the family was ten times as fearful, when the patient was angry the family was ten times as angry, and when the patient was at peace the family was equally at peace. This is not an anomaly found only in the dying process. If you show me fearful parents, I will show you fearful children and if you show me angry parents I will show you angry children in 99 cases out of 100.
The great news is that this perfect peace is also contagious at every other stage of life before we reach the death bed. On the death bed a Christian begins to settle their mind on their heavenly home. They recognize that sooner than later they will see their Lord Jesus face to face. They let the worries of life fade away knowing that they have done all that they can do, and for too brief of a time the world is allowed to see what perfect peace looks like. Jesus is just as real, Heaven is just as much our home, and Jesus is just as much in control of all today as he will be on your death bed. Make the decision to obey Him, and let your worries fade away. Let the world see the perfect peace that Jesus brings to those who love Him. Enjoy the fruits of your salvation today.
6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. 7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. (Phillippians 4:6-7 KJV)
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