When We Live with Illness, We Need to Be Able to Talk About Death


“Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it. (Ecc. 12:7 KJV)

The hardest thing most of us will ever face is our own mortality. I often think of it as a circle which I stand in the center of, closing more and more with each passing year and the passing of friends and loved ones until it will be my time. It is strange that many Christians do not like to talk about death. Yet it is death that will open the door to our way into heaven. Indeed, death, as we know it, does not truly exist for the Christian, for ours is a transformation when our mortal body is laid aside.

The Bible tells us we are set free from the fear of death: “And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.” (Heb 2:15 KJV)

Yet we all know it is not easy to set aside that fear of death.

Recently a relative of mine was told by a doctor that “I would not give you two more years to live.” My relative has a heart condition that is quite serious, but place yourself in his shoes. What if you were given less than two years to live? How might that affect the rest of your life and how you live it?

The truth is we do not know, not any us, how much longer we might be alive. We could live another four decades or another four days–our lives are in God’s hands. But we should not fear death. Death for us is a family reunion in heaven, seeing once more those who have gone before us, and most of all it is entering the presence of our Lord, seeing face to face the One we have loved and adored.

Prayer: Dear Lord, life is very short, help us to live it well. And help us to fear no death or dying, for You are with us, and await us on the other side. Amen.

About The Author
Karlton Douglas has lived with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Crohn’s Disease for a number of years. He faces mortality in the hope of seeing His Lord once his work on earth is done.

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