Wars, pestilence, political turmoil, and the increased lawlessness in the world today are frightening. Every day we hear about people dying from disease or violence. Circumstances like these tend to make us more aware of our own mortality.
In the past two years several of my close relatives have died. When some of my family members were dying, hospice workers came in and helped to ease the final days for my loved ones. Their gentle, compassionate care was a real blessing to our whole family.
It occurred to me that we shouldn’t need to experience a fatal illness in order to be treated with such tender, loving care.
Perhaps if we took the same care of one another’s comfort and dignity on a day-to-day basis as the hospice care people do for their clients this would be a much nicer world.
In today’s atmosphere of hostility and uncertainty, such consideration is needed more than ever.
In one respect the family of God is in the hospice care business, helping people live the most beautiful, fulfilling lives they can as they journey toward inevitable death … only we have an extra benefit to offer: eternal life with Jesus.
“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. 35 By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”John 13:34-35 (NIV)