Johann Gerhard has been leading us to find consolation at the death of loved ones and friends. As St. Paul wrote, 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. 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.
Source: Sacred Meditations by Johann Gerhard, pages 259-260.