A Kind of Dying


"I will not leave you orphaned; I will come back to you. A little while now and the world will see Me no more, but you see Me as One who has life, and you will have life" (John 14:19).

Is our appointment with death an invitation to new life?

A father, whose only daughter was seventeen, was going through a kind of death. The daughter was preparing to go away to college. Father and daughter had been very close, and he was beginning to feel the pain of separation. They had visited the campus, dad had seen the new world she was moving into, and he knew it was not going to be his world anymore. He began to realize that he no longer would be there, as usual, to counsel her and comfort her and protect her. He was finding it difficult to “let go.” After they had parted for a few days, he shed some real tears. But then he was able to reach down to the roots of his Christian Faith and move through this experience. He said, “I find that because I was able to relinquish her and let go, she started to love me in a new way, and…

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