“He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”Revelation 21:4
There is hardly a situation where dying and death are easy. As a hospital chaplain, I have often stood by the bedside of patients coming to the end of their lives. Every time I am reminded of my weakness and must trust God for the right words or just a “ministry of presence.”
One event is deeply etched in my heart. I was summoned during the night to a room on the 10th floor where an older gentleman lay dying. Surrounding this beautiful man was his family, his wife holding his hand and one daughter rubbing his forehead with a damp washcloth. Someone had placed his Bible near his pillow opened to his favorite passage; other children and grandchildren were gathered around the room humming sacred music memorized over the years.
That room became a place of worship as this dear saint entered the presence of his Heavenly Father. A family member handed me his Bible, and I read verses from Revelation 21. What a solid foundation! “Now the dwelling of God is with men, and he will live with them” (v. 3).
“No man is ever the same after God has laid His hand upon him.” (A. W. Tozer)