The weekend before the nursing home where I live went into lockdown, my son came for a visit. He patiently explained the virus to me. Only after his departure did I recognize he was secretly panicking about me. At sixty-five, with severe emphysema and COPD, I’m in a high-risk group.

I called him immediately. “I’m fine. I don’t expect to die anytime soon. I plan to go on living for a good while yet.” I could sense the “but” sitting on the end of his tongue.

“But,” I explained, “I acknowledge the possibility. I’m not frightened, though. You know I’m ready to go. Eager to go, even.” As the Message version states 1 Philippinas 1:21, “Life versus even more life! I can't lose”

Paul’s supporters were frightened for his life when he was locked down in prison. He saw it as an unparalleled opportunity. His opportunities for ministry multiplied.

My son knows the same has been true for me. Ever since I entered a nursing home, my writing ministry has exploded. I suggested we take practical steps to prepare for my death so that if the worst-case scenario happens, he’ll have the information he needs.

My life is a gift from God, and I don’t intend to give it up until he calls me home. At the same time, I’m looking forward to that new life, when I can leap like a child into my Father’s arms as he welcomes me home.

How about you? No matter your age, God has a use for you until he calls you home. But remember, Christians never face death, only a transition into something much better.

Heavenly Father, how I look forward to the day you shall call me home. But I thank you for the time left on this earth, for filling my days with joy, purpose, and opportunities to serve you. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Go Deeper — Do you fear death? Answer honestly. Pray to God about your fears if you have any. Then ask him to replace those with joy and peace. Talking to one of our mentors may help as well.

Read Further— No matter your stage in life, read about how you can live life to the fullest.



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