cemetery-dogwoodsDeath and dying are topics that are difficult for me to discuss, difficult to get my mind around, difficult to even think about.  But Paul says in Philippians that for him, death is gain.  Really?  Really?  Death is gain?

I went through a period in my life when I was very afraid to die.  My children were small and needy.  What in the world would happen to them if something happened to me?  It became a paralyzing fear.  I couldn’t answer the question.  What would happen to them?

I knew all the right answers, but I couldn’t seem to square those right answers with my heart.

At that time in my life, “For to me, to live was caring for my family and to die was to abandon them.”

If death is not gain for me, is my living Christ?  When I can say that to die is gain, can I then be confident that for me to live is Christ?  I wonder…

How would you fill in the blank?

For to me, to live is______________________  and to die is____________________.