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I’m Not Afraid to Die, You Know

From a worker in East Asia

“Now doc, don’t be afraid to tell me if I’m gonna die soon,” my 76-year-old patient with severe heart failure was telling me last week as we talked in his home in a nearby village. Three months earlier he was in the hospital. Now, because of the unusually cold winter weather, he was hesitant to come to the clinic and I’d been seeing him at home every few weeks since to adjust his medicines. “I’m not afraid to die, you know,” he said with a smile and a twinkle in his eye, pointing one finger to a picture of the Lord Jesus he had hanging on the wall. I was amazed at his bluntness. In this traditional culture you never mention death with a patient, and they don’t want to know if they’re dying as it makes them fell hopeless. But not my patient; this guy had hope, real hope. It was a hope based on the Word of God, who cannot lie, “so that… we who are refugees from this dying world might have a source of strength, and might grasp the hope that he holds out to us. This hope we hold as the utterly reliable anchor for our souls, fixed in the very certainty of God himself in heaven, where Jesus has already entered on our behalf…” (Hebrews 6:18-20, Phillips translation)

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