Credit: Marty Cauley
This daily post is designed to help you live into our New Room Society covenant of practicing daily prayer together. Below is this week’s theme and daily practice.
Week 5: Death
Why is dying so frightening? What does death have to do with planting and renewing? How are birth and death intimately tied together?
“When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: “Death has been swallowed up in victory.”
“Where, O death, is your victory?
Where, O death, is your sting?”
The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.” 1 Corinthians 15:54-58, New International Version (NIV)
At the very heart of our Eucharistic liturgy we affirm, “Christ has died, Christ is risen, Christ will come again.” Does it feel strange to talk about death in a serious manner in this process? Why is that?
Death comes to all of us. Part of the reason we celebrate birthdays is that it a testimony that death, while it is certainly going to come, has not yet won the day. Our funerals are a way to say that death does not have the final word.
It is estimated that more than half of The United Methodist Churches across the United States and Europe will close in the next decade as attrition takes place and it’s membership dies off.
How has this awareness of both the dying of church members and the dying of churches impacted your call? How does this “death tsunami” impact your passion to plant something new?
Sunday: The Inevitability of Death
Jesus knew he would experience human death. Three times he told his disciples and yet they never seemed to grasp that he was literally going to die a cruel and senseless death.
Some estimates declare that only 25% of Americans have living wills and advanced directives that narrate their preferences for their death. Like the disciples, we know intellectually that death is inevitable but often we choose to ignore it.
Have you come to grips with your mortality? Have you had the difficult end of life discussions with those you love? How did those conversations happen?