Johann Gerhard has been leading us to find consolation at the death of loved ones and friends. To echo St. Paul, to live is Christ and to die is gain. While death is truly our fiercest enemy, Jesus’ death and resurrection has made it a “port of safety.” Life in this world may be like sailing on a stormy sea, but our dear loved ones are actually safer in the hands of Jesus. And we even have images in nature to show us God’s promise of resurrection of the body and life everlasting. In this final part, Gerhard calls us to let what pleases God also please us.
This meditation, and the previous meditations in this series, is dedicated in loving memory to my father, Larry Asburry, who was called to his eternal rest on November 28, 2017.
Source: Sacred Meditations by Johann Gerhard, pages 259-260.