"What you sow does not come to life unless it dies. When you sow, you do not plant the body that will be, but just a seed, perhaps of wheat or of something else. So it will be with the resurrection of the dead. The body that is sown is perishable, it is raised imperishable..."
~ I Corinthians 15: 36b, 37, 42
In my life I have spent hours sharing my faith while encouraging others to believe that death is a passage to new life as they live out their final days. I will admit, that while I try to remain positive during these conversations, in the back of my mind I wonder if I will be ready to make this journey myself?
What most of us don't realize is that our life isn't about one journey, but many.
When we are born we make a passage from life in the womb to life in the family. When we go to school we make a passage from life in the family to life in the larger community. When we get married we make a passage from a life with many options to a life committed to one person. When we retire we make a passage from a life of clearly defined work to a life asking for new creativity and wisdom.
Each of these passages is a death leading to new life. When we live these passages well, we are becoming more prepared for our final passage.
I am grateful to have been blessed by folks who have blessed me in their final journey.
Stay in God's grip!
G. Todd Williams (c) 2020
Rev. G. Todd Williams lives in the Houston metro area and is a Hospice Chaplain at Essential Hospice, Webster, Texas, and is an ordained Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) pastor.