In this audio talk, David Powlison aruges that death and dying are part of the central drama of Scripture and life. Powlison covers several aspects of death and the process of dying: 1.) Death is the only absolutely certain thing about every person’s life; 2.) Psalm 90 is an invitation to consider what death means – death is not a friend; 3.) We are called to face the small ‘dyings’ in life as we mature in life; 4.) The Bible uses the promises of God to invite us to struggle well – they do not exempt us from the pain of loss; 5.) Death and dying allows our faith to come to life; 6.) In order to die well, we are called to die daily to ourselves; 7.) Ask yourself “What lasts?”; and 8.) Become a life learner about death and dying. Powlison ends with strategies for helping others: 1.) Do not underestimate the fear of death; 2.) Gather around – be present physically present with the person; 3.) Show tangible helps to people; 4.) Make your own experience accessible to people; 5.) Help people answer the question, “Where do you find your hope?”; and 6.) Continue to feed their faith (Scriptures, songs, etc.).
Key Scriptures: 2 Corinthians 1:4; Psalm 90; Hebrews 5:7; 1 Peter 4:19; Hebrews 2:15; 1 Thessalonians 5:14