The Mamushi Book of Life: 10. Death and Dying
A Confrontation With Death and Dying
"I am the resurrection, and the life:
he that believeth in me,
though he (or she) were dead,
yet shall he (or she) live:
And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die.
Believest thou this? (This was the question directed toward Martha from the mouth of Jesus, as can be read in the Bible, from the book of St. John's, the 11th chapter, the 25th, and the 26th verses). This was a lot for Martha to grapple with as she contemplated her dead brother that had been buried in a tomb for 4 days.
Even as a child this situation with relationships between Jesus and his friends Lazarus, Martha, and Mary caused me to think more deeply about "death and dying." And even up until the present time, I still find myself learning, on a daily basis even, more and more about death and dying.
It was last Saturday, on June 11, 2011, when I became ill and weak from a serious gastrointestinal bleeding problem of an unknown etiology. The bleeding was severe and I lost a third of my blood volume before the bleeding finally stopped. It was a blessing that the bleeding stopped on is own, as I rested upon the hospital bed in an intensive care unit, being cared for by a team of "top-flight" nurses and seven doctors. It was good that the bleeding had stopped but it was not good that we still did not know what caused the bleeding and where, within the gastrointestinal tract, the lesion (source of bleeding) was located.
This confrontation with death and dying was real for me and for the team of medical providers that were taking care of me in the ICU. And the issue of death and dying is still facing us (for the sake of my life) because we still do not know exactly what is going on in my GI tract yet. So, what does one do in this situation? The doctors are still hopeful and are working to get at the cause of my GI-bleed. And I am sitting here, at home, at my computer, working, writing this hub, on this beautiful day of June 17th, 2011. This I know, "I have this day to work, to live, and to make a difference in this World. I have the Joy of living today." As Jesus have said, "Tomorrow belongs to the Judgement." Therefore I thank God for today.
This is how I live with "Death and Dying." This loving advice I also leave with you, "Live for today, but continue your life or work as if you will live forever."
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