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Old 09-11-2017, 05:05 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Glorify God in Dying?


I've always sought to honor the Lord in my health struggles. To this point, I have always been a cheerful and cooperative patient to all medical personnel, including hospital staff.

As I get older, I often hope I can sustain that demeanor when I'm dying. I imagine serene and kindly Grandma, gently closing her eyes as she clutches her Bible.

Or I see Therese of Lisieux, suffering in intense pain for a year and a half, suddenly opening her eyes wide in ecstasy at the instant of her death

Then I think of my Aunt Betty, who screamed continuously for three months prior to her death of brain cancer, or my dad, who turned into a monster with dementia.

I wonder about the stability of my own mind.

I used to pray fervently that I would glorify God in death by being harmonious--in other words, that I would not disgrace him by becoming a fool or a nuisance.

I see now that I was really praying to glorify myself--I might have well have said, "Live fast, die young, and leave a good-looking corpse!"

I have come to see that if we are in Christ when we die, we glorify him no matter how we die.

Maybe it will be our demeanor in dying that will glorify him; but it might just as well be something else.

Maybe it is largely in our suffering and abasement that we will carry the cross with him.

Maybe he is most glorified by our passing our torch to others at the end. Perhaps his glory will be most effectively shown through the mercy and perseverance of those who are with us at the end.

It is for our good to cling to him through every crisis including the approach of death; but we need not concern ourselves with doing the work to glorify him. Ultimately he glorifies himself.

We will understand his logic fully in eternity, when we see him face to face.
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I have come to see that if we are in Christ when we die, we glorify him no matter how we die.
This is exactly what I was thinking up to where I read that you said what I was thinking. He brought us to, and will carry us through. His love for us never diminishes, regardless of what we do.
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I've been extraordinarily lucky, or blessed, in my life and I can only hope my death will be the same...and a long ways off yet

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Old 09-12-2017, 11:16 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Death is something that comes to us all and I think deep down I am a little scared of it, however we are going to be with The Lord so in the greater picture it doesn't matter how we exit

Would like a bit more time here tho lol
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Gilmer- this is in a bible study book I have it is an excerpt from a Dr. Charles Dolph article on aging:

We must not forget that there is always meaning and purpose, even in aging and illness. Aging strips us. If we live long enough, we will lose our beauty, our strength, our wealth, our independence, the control of our bodily functions, our pride, and perhaps our very self. These are our idols, all the things we trust in life to make us attractive, valuable, and self-sufficient.

If our aging is successful, we will end our lives stripped of everything but God, totally naked and helpless, utterly dependent on Him and the love of others. Everything that we trusted in life for our worth will have been stripped away.

Then he ended the article with "what a blessing to finally find our right relationship to God!"
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That is absolutely magnificent, Midwest! Thanks for sharing it!
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That really is an awesome and truthful reading Midwest, thank you!
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