Additional Scripture Readings: Luke 12:35–36; 1 Corinthians 15:35–58
There are times when death comes early to those who are still in the “midst” of their days as the psalm says. Facing the helplessness of death, the dying often feel an irrepressible urge to act, to set things straight, to prepare, to get ready to go.
A young mother dying of breast cancer—helping her prepare a letter or video tape for her children will enable them to hear her words of love after she’s gone.
A grandfather with a terminal disease—arranging a phone call or visit may help him mend a misunderstanding with a friend or relative.
A dying college student—helping him to select the music, liturgy and manner of burial gives him an opportunity to contribute to the memories his loved ones will take with them after the funeral.
A teenage girl with terminal leukemia—reading Bible passages with her about heaven and salvation can clarify what lies ahead and can help calm her fears.
When life is cut short, we can reach out to help those facing death. We can provide the tools to say good-by to this world and hello to the next.