There is a great difference in excellency, usefulness, and comfort between people of clear, digested knowledge, and confused, undigested apprehensions. -Richard Baxter

on death and dying…..and hope

When’s the last time you’ve been around someone who is dying? And what would you have said (and how would you have said it) if called upon to offer them hope? And while we’re at it, why do you think this question isn’t relevant until you’re older?
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  Anonymous wrote @

This week I found out that one of my students had passed away after years of dialysis and extensive surgeries. She was 12 years old and had just passed the 6th grade.

I watched her fight her illness and live with the knowledge of her impending death on a daily basis. She faced issues most adults only begin to grapple with after decades of life experiences.

When children die it is difficult to understand. How do the dying young find hope? Where does it come from? Even as a Christian I struggle to understand…

  Patrick Lafferty wrote @

Hope comes from God. I try my best to give people hope; I think I even try to make myself hope. In the end, though, it comes from God. And that is why we should marvel at it when we see it in people wracked with pain or loss.

and that’s also why we should wait for it, pray for it, and help ferry it into their souls by simply being there in the Name of Jesus for them until it appears in them.. We have to have a theology of Presence. Words fail at times. Being there as Jesus would “preaches” truth until the time comes when the words of Jesus can be received.

blessings in the struggle. You’re not alone.

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