‘I have seen a great many things. I have attended all the world's worst disasters, and worked for the greatest of villains. And I've seen the greatest wonders. But it's still like I said it was: no one lives forever’.
From THE BOOK THIEF Markus Zusak.
Since my diagnosis the sword of Damocles hover over my head. This however, does not mean death will take me first. Death, like birth is a natural cycle of life. We live, we die. But it seems socially unacceptable to discuss death.
Patients like me have a need to discuss death, and the arrangements thereafter. Family members and friends have a tendency to avoid such discussions.
Although I realise how hard this must be and is for them, patients like me will have peace of mind knowing everything is in place for the day when the Lord takes us to live with Him in our permanent heavenly home. Our life here is like a sand grain in comparison with Eternity.
Although not an easy topic, it is a discussion that needs to take place.
2 Corinthians 5 - New International Version (NIV)
Awaiting the New Body
"1. For we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands. 2 Meanwhile we groan, longing to be clothed instead with our heavenly dwelling, 3 because when we are clothed, we will not be found naked. 4 For while we are in this tent, we groan and are burdened, because we do not wish to be unclothed but to be clothed instead with our heavenly dwelling, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life. 5 Now the one who has fashioned us for this very purpose is God, who has given us the Spirit as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come."
Although I am going through dark fearsome tunnel now, I know He is always with. At end of tunnel I see HIS BRIGHT LIGHT awaiting me.
"Even though I walk through the darkest valley, [tunnel], I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me."
I have long ago made peace with my journey and have no fear of my heavenly destiny.
My thanks to my friend Laurette for these beautiful photo's.