Recently, a popular Twin Cities TV journalist announced in a live interview that his cancer had returned. He looked visibly shaken as he responded to questions from his colleague about engaging in a second fight against cancer.
Watching him candidly express disappointment, but still a clear resolve to win this battle again, left me with an appreciation for his courage and humanity.
The subject of death and dying is routinely hidden or avoided in our culture. Instead of denial (we think, "It shall happen to thee and to thee and to thee, but never to me," said Elisabeth Kubler-Ross), a public disclosure by a well-known TV personality pushes me to accept that it could happen to me!
The truth is, my dog, my friends, my mom and dad, my children and grandchildren and my partner for life are all going to die - and so am I.
Death is a curse without faith, but people of faith gather weekly and pray, "Lord to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life." (Peter in John 6:68)
And they hear, "... Death is swallowed up in victory." (1 Corinthians 15:54)
Because the One who gave us life also defeated the One who would destroy our life, we live with hope in the face of death. Indeed, with faith in God's amazing grace, we owe God a death!
In Christ we are obliged to die in order to obtain the gift of His work on the Cross!
Therefore, dear Christian friends, fight the good fight of faith. Death has no dominion over you!