Posted by: duncandrews | February 17, 2011

Being swallowed up by life

After hearing from Screwtape on why we shouldn’t think about our death, it was really refreshing to hear this in Paul’s 2nd letter to the Corinthians:

For while we are in this tent, we groan and are burdened, because we do not wish to be unclothed but to be clothed instead with our heavenly dwelling, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life. (5:4)

The Devil and his cronies don’t want us to think about our death; it might just frighten us enough to think about what happens to us after we die. And for a Christian, there’s an even greater reason Screwtape wants to keep our minds from the fact that death will swallow us up: because thinking about that turns our minds to the even greater hope we have of being ‘swallowed up by life’.

So, I’m going to try and think about death a little more; not just in the abstract, but about my death. And not in a masochistic kind of way – I’m terrified by death, not excited by it. But in the hope that, in thinking about my death, I’ll learn a little more to think about my life; not just this life, but the much more wonderful life of the world to come that will one day swallow me up.

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