Daily Devotionals by Ardith Keef


      As a preacher's wife, I have frequent occsion to visit those who are dying. I would like to think that if I were a single widow I would still seek these folks out, but right now, the situation arises almost weekly. Usually the people I see are in a nursing home, but not always.     
     The Bible has a good deal to say about death, but it is still an unknown to all who have not yet passed through from this life to the next.
     For the believer the Bible says that it is the same life. When I asked the Lord to be the Lord of my life, I received eternal life, and when I cross over, the environment will not be foreign.   
     It is good to know that dying is not something I must figure out how to do. As long as I am breathing, the Bible teaches me how to live. It is possible to have eternal and extensive impact through prayer, attitude, obedience and "rightly dividing the Word of Truth" right up until the last second.
     My father's death was a beautiful experience, and even his tremendous struggle with cancer was executed in such obedience that it removed the dread of the disease for me. I watched him pour himself into attending to those around him, and constant enjoyment of God's Word flowed out his mouth constantly.
      The manner of death doesn't matter, it just matters that we let Him have all the minutes of this life.


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