Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Seeking Your Thoughts

Have you ever, in the urgency and heat of a conversation, been pushed to consolidate and analyze a pattern of thinking you've been victim to for some time and share your findings before you're certain they are fully baked? Well, I had that experience today. A dear friend was alarmed, in the midst of great blessings, to be suddenly afraid of death. As an emotional, navel-gazing kind of guy, I've been down this path more than once, so I worked to put my own cycle into words. And now it seems a part of a larger conversation, involving this post of mine and this post from our friend Deacon Tyler. Forgive the rambling and lofty sentence structures; I've been listening to St. Augustine during my commute these past few days. Would love to hear your thoughts or struggles in this regard.

2 comments:

Joshua 24:15 said...

JThorp, don't know if this will help or not.
I don't think there is anything wrong with clinging to life in this realm, which is from God and is good. Something written on our hearts makes us struggle to survive in a deadly situation (imagine falling through thin ice or finding yourself in a burning building-- you will do whatever you can to survive, rather than just calmly decide to give in). It is a sign of your love that you would think of your family and become sad in the event you left them "before your time." I assume we've all thought of this from time to time. For those of us who are not "seniors" quite yet, I don't know if there is any way to avoid this sentiment.
If however, the fear of death centers around lack of faith in the next realm for ourselves, or in one's salvation... well, this is a good thing. It forces us to consider our state of grace and our belief in God and salvation, and pushes us to follow our innate knowledge that there indeed has to be a God and an afterlife (this is also written in all hearts, even those ignorant of the revelation of salvation). It forces us to face the reality of death and judgment and Hell, and to sincerely seek to be ready when the thief in the night comes.

J. Thorp said...

Well said, my friend -- and thank you.