Whether I live or die, I’m ready.
Today is the fourteenth anniversary of my father’s death.
It seems like yesterday.
As a pastor, I have heard people say, “I’m afraid to die” numerous times. I’ve felt it myself, when I was younger. But I never heard my dad say those words. He was not afraid to die.
Years before his death when he had his very first heart attack, I arrived at the hospital moments before they took him in for surgery. They stopped long enough for me to tell him I was praying for him. His face, taped with a tube coming from his nose, was marked with a relaxed expression of calm.
And his words brought peace to my anxious mind: “Whatever is before me, I am ready. Whether I live or die, it’s okay.”
I miss him every day, but I’d never wish him back. I wonder if they serve cake in heaven on the anniversary of your arrival.
How can we all face death like dad did? This podcast gives some answers.
You see it on faces of people everywhere: In high school, in colleges and universities, in Bible colleges and seminaries, in pulpits and Sunday School classes, even internationally. It’s the Mask of Knowledge.
Knowledge, we “know” is a good thing. But at times we can acquire knowledge for the express purpose of hiding and avoiding — hiding our sin and brokenness, avoiding dealing with real issues.
If you consider yourself a theologian or one who has worked to develop a keen sense of biblical knowledge, this podcast may be more important to you than to others. It may help you to remove your mask.
God may help you to become real.
On Christmas Eve, this year, I did a devotional that people said they enjoyed. It wasn’t recorded, so I took the time to record it and place it here. You can listen here.
If you would like a copy of the notes, they are available by request. Just email me.
What are you waiting for?