Thursday, March 19, 2009

I'm not afraid to die

Well, actually, I am afraid to die, but I have no reason for feeling that way except for the unexpectedness of it all. My sister reminded me of a story that always brings me comfort when someone dies. Natasha Richardson has brought the possibility of a young death to the forefront of my mind. This is the story in which I find comfort. I hope it brings you all comfort too.

A sick man turned to his doctor as he was preparing to leave the examination room and said, “Doctor, I am afraid to die. Tell me what lies on the other side.”

Very quietly, the doctor said, “I don’t know.”

“You don’t know? You, a Christian man, do not know what is on the other side?”

The doctor was holding the handle of the door; on the other side came a sound of scratching and whining, and as he opened the door, a dog sprang into the room, and leaped on him with an eager show of gladness.

Turning to the patient, the doctor said, “Did you notice my dog? He’s never been in this room before. He didn’t know what was inside. He knew nothing except that his master was here, and when the door opened, he sprang in without fear. I know little of what is on the other side of death, but I do know one thing, I know my Master is there and that is enough.”

~Author Unknown~

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