albert postma

Saturday, January 27, 2007

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

"Dying well means dealing with death redemptively...
Yet as with death's horror, so too with redemption's glory, we are tempted to pull back or turn away. Genuine hope, like the shining sun, may cause us to turn away, to shield ourselves from its luminous beauty and power. We prefer to focus instead on the trivialities of everyday life. our lives remain centered on the mundane, the frivolous, the trifling. (And perhaps in some occasions, this is all that is possible.) Approaching death well, in contrast, involves focusing squarely on the ultimate reality of life beyond death."

- John Witvliet, in "Worship Seeking Understanding: Windows into Christian Practice" p.293ff