I wanted to write one more message on our life transition called death. Death is not a morbid subject for a Christian, and the Christian faith is not a pie in the sky hope in the face of tragedy. Our Christian faith is solidly based on the truth of Scripture, the testimony of our Lord Jesus, the fact of the empty tomb, and the lives of saints and martyrs for the past two thousand years. Through faith in Jesus Christ we have the peace that passes understanding in a life that does not end. Most people do everything they possibly can to hold off the hour of death. But why? I’m certainly not opposed to doctors, and reasonable medical intervention. God has given us these gifts. However, this often means enduring terrible discomfort from the treatment in order to gain a few more months of physical life. I know I’m touching on very difficult, individual, and personal decisions here, but Christians need to seriously think about these things. I never mean to minimize the pain of separation at the time of death. Being separated from a loved one is one of the hardest things we endure in this life. But that is just the point. In our faith we are assured that this life is not all there is. The Lord who has given His life to atone for our sins so that we could have eternal life, will give us the strength to endure the separation until we are united again. My point in writing in these last messages is that we come to believe this more firmly, and trust our gracious Lord more fully for every part of life, now and eternally.