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Death and Truth

“To be near death makes us see the truth.” So wrote Victor Hugo in Les Miserables.

But is it true? Do we have to wait when we are close to dying before we see what reality is; the things that need to be done; need to be changed. Do we have to wait for death to be knocking before we change; before we act; before we admit the truth to whatever situation(s) called for it?

Do some of us wait until a person is dead to say how and what we really feel about them? Was telling him/her so difficult that the only best time was to wait when he/she would not be able to hear it?

Some missed out on love because saying the words, “I love you,” to the person that you were in love with from a distance was very hard to do. Even a special day set aside for lovers, Valentine’s Day, could not get you to admit your feelings.

Some missed out on friendships because actually becoming friends was too scary.

Some needed so badly to hear encouraging, uplifting words, truth, but some people held back. The dead cannot hear.

 

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Death leads to . . .

Three things.

On Sunday, Indy race car driver Dan Wheldon, died. I loved watching those races. And although I never knew him personally, I had watched him race ever since my interest in Indy began. So it was a shock when I saw the news, the crash. And it got me thinking, the death of life leads to . . . People react differently, I know, but but where does it take us?

I am presently reading Les Miserables, by Victor Hugo, and this line got my attention: “Jean Valjean entered the galleys sobbing and shuddering; he went out hardened; he entered in despair: he went out sullen.” The death of freedom leads to . . .  Does the circumstance in which freedom is taken away incite what our reaction(s) will be?

My bible study this morning from 1 Corinthians 12, dealt with spiritual gifts. The main point being that we are all different but one. The death of unity leads to . . . Yes there are differences, but if we are not on the “same page” what “confusion” will there be?