For me, because of Calvary, death hath "lost its sting." But every now and then the thought of my death, or of those close to me causes a little pinch. My soul is prepared to die and to be with my Lord, but the flesh like DJGray says, rebels against what might come before death...pain, debilitation, lack of mobility, dependency.
I admit to enjoying God's earthly handiwork, family gatherings, etc. And at times, that fleshly part of me does not want to leave it. I'm sure I'll feel differently should any or all of the above make living unbearable. But for now...
This is not a commercial for my book, but there's a story in it that is appropriate to the topic. I tell the story of a little boy, who when asked by his pastor if he wanted to go to heaven, vehemently replied.
"Oh, no, Sir!"
The minister was somewhat taken aback, so he rephrased the question.
"Don't you want to go to heaven someday?"
"Oh, yes," the little boy replied. "I just thought you were making up a list for today."
I think that might be how many Christians view death. Many years ago, I listened to a radio pastor -C.M. Ward of the Assemblies of God - some of you oldies may know him. "When it's our time to die," he said with his unique style, "God will give us grace to face it. Until then, we don't need it."
So for now, I'm trusting in that reserved grace for when I need it.
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