As for me, I am already being poured out as a libation, and the time of my departure has come. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” vss.6-72 Timothy 4:6-8
The timing and the circumstances of our birthing are presumably out of our control. One day, in the fullness of time, we plop out into the world with a resounding cry, and from that point on it’s one adventure after another. And then one day our ending comes, sometimes unexpectedly both to ourselves and others, but often long anticipated. While some might prefer sudden endings, there is great advantage in being able to prepare. For most people there are obvious changes that precede their dying, a kind of decline that gradually erodes their freedoms and increases their dependency on others. Few people like this period of their lives, but there’s little we can do to avoid it. Ultimately we are blessed if we can echo the words of Paul, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” It really is good to be able to look back and sense that all is in order: wills are completed, bequests made known, and relationships tidied up as best we can. But perhaps the greatest blessing comes with knowing that our connection with God is secure. The One who we have known only dimly in this life will be known fully, and perfect peace will be ours.
Thought for the Day: When will I be finished with the race?