“Death defeated, life vindicated” – a line from today’s lectionaries reading – from 2 Timothy 1 (The Message Version) perhaps sums up our ability to be fully human.
I have know a number of individuals who have died with me present and who were ‘ready’ and, more heartening, were neither afraid nor frightened. They were not afraid of death nor frightened of the future after the moment of dying.
Faith turns the tables on death. It is not even about being prepared, which makes death something to be faced with human valour. “Death defeated” can take fear out of our sphere of torment simply because “life vindicated” gives our mere human form freedom to live life fully- no need to whittle about future – all is within God’s realm.