It has always struck me how calmly and ever-coolheadedly Jesus goes to his death. Disregard ideas of sin, and divinity, and carrying our burdens, but think about just a man: a man walking, betrayed by his peers, sentenced to death, carrying a giant wooden structure, and being taunted all the way up until his last breaths. And yet, he remained so poised, so composed, ever leading, ever teaching. Yes, Jesus teaches us how to live properly, but he also teaches us to die properly. Dying, is indeed an inevitable fact of life, and thus a part of it.
Dean Hill's meditation on the Passion of St. Matthew today reads, "Let us meet evil with honesty, grief with grace, failure with faith, and death with dignity. Let us carry ourselves in belief."
When reading this passage, I immediately decided I would write about it for this blog. Evil, grief, failure, and death all happen to each and every one of us. However, so does honesty, grace, faith, dignity, and that pesky one: belief. Whatever we believe in, our belief carries us. For Christians, our belief carries us, should we trust it, with dignity, with faith, with grace, and with honesty throughout our life, and throughout our death.
I will close with a poem, very dear to my heart:
-Thanatopsis by William Cullen Bryant