Faithful Dying

Crucifixion of Peter

Crucifixion of Peter

Have you ever thought about what it means to die faithfully, by which I mean to die is such a way as to glorify God by living out one’s faith to the very, very end. I suspect St. Peter had some thoughts on this subject and we certainly know that John Donne did when he wrote:

Death, be not proud, though some have called thee
Mighty and dreadful, for, thou art not so,
For, those, whom thou think’st, thou dost overthrow,
Die not, poor death, nor yet canst thou kill me;
From rest and sleep, which but thy pictures be,
Much pleasure, then from thee, much more must flow,
And soonest our best men with thee do go,
Rest of their bones, and soul’s delivery.
Thou art slave to fate, chance, kings, and desperate men,
And dost with poison, war, and sickness dwell,
And poppy, or charms can make us sleep as well,
And better than thy stroke; why swell’st thou then?
One short sleep past, we wake eternally,
And death shall be no more, Death thou shalt die.

The poem is quoted from a post by Ben Simpson over at Mere Orthodoxy who has some preliminary reflections on what faithful dying means. A very interesting and, I think, important topic for Jews and Christians alike.

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One Response to Faithful Dying

  1. Rio says:

    At the height of the pain and totrrue of crucifixion, Jesus cried out a meditation from the Word of God. “My God, my God, why hast thou deserted me?” ~Psalm 22Contrary to the understanding of many, Jesus was not admitting a loss of faith in uttering these words. Rather, He was, in a very Jewish way, indicating His meditation on the whole text of Psalm 22 – a Messianic passage – by quoting the first verse. Jesus knew that the psalm spoke of God’s faithfulness as it stated, “In You our ancestors put their trust; they trusted, and You rescued them… For He has not despised or abhorred the poverty of the poor; He did not hide his face from him but listened to his cry” [Psalm 22:4(5),24(25)].Sometimes the only way to go through a trial is to remember and recite God’s word overy your life for God is faithful, by whom you were called (1 Corinthians 1:9). +4

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