Learning About Death

" Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me" Psalm 23:4 (KJV) 

        Six months ago, I began recovering from a massive stroke, which the attending physician said was “a miracle” due to the severity of the massive clot he had to remove by means of a tube from my groin. His exact words were “a Divine reprieve to a death sentence.” Another physician went even further when he told me: “Bob, you have experienced “A Miracle. I fill out death certificates all the time for each of the traumas you have experienced, and you had them all in sequence.”
        He was referring to first a month of pneumonia that had turned into “blood spitting pneumonia”; then came the stroke; then came invasive pulmonary embolisms in both lungs.
        Things are so quiet when your heart, lungs and hearing stop. I experienced “The Valley of Death” of Psalm 23. Reading this blessed Psalm is quite different than experiencing the words. It is a very wonderful peaceful quiet that I didn’t want to come back from, but Jesus had other plans, one of which is for me to testify as to what is waiting for each of His sheep. I learned Death is nothing to be afraid of- Jesus has conquered death and has gone to prepare a place for us.
        In the Valley, I couldn’t think about Jesus or talk to Him. I was blank and still. All I could feel was His presence, and that was enough.

Dear Father, help us not to be afraid of dying. Help our hearts to come to Jesus and rest in His love. His love and victory are all our fearful hearts need. Thank You, in your Son's name we pray. 

Dr. Bob (AZ)