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Meeting death face-to-face


I know that everything is transitory, perishing and in process of dying. I have observed death close-up and have read widely about death. In my kitchen is a notice board – a somewhat cluttered one. The most important notice reads:

It is in any case a religious commonplace that no life is well lived unless it prepares for death.

I will die sooner or later, and that’s a fact. Death is inevitable for you, me, everyone, and it’s comforting to know and identify with something that will keep our fears of death at bay. The truth of death is generally not readily realisable no matter how many years of constant practice as it is easier to deny this as axiomatic. And, in my case I am aware that to realise these truth requires a magnitude of fearlessness.

Psalm 23
The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for Thou art with me; Thy rod and Thy staff they comfort me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies; Thou anointest my head with oil; My cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.

The practice of meditation and prayer build a quality of being that is able to meet death face-to-face, and Psalm 23 speaks of the comfort and security of the child of God, in the face of death.


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