STOP AND THINK – Never fear dying … Fear living—that is a hard battle to fight, a stern discipline to endure, a rough voyage to undergo. (C. H. Spurgeon, 19th century British “Prince of Preachers”)

We fear death because we don’t know what it will “feel” like and we’re not sure if there’s anything beyond it. But life, also, is unknown. We plan and prepare, but we really don’t know what the future holds. Spurgeon says we must persevere and face life with discipline despite the unknown. He would remind us, too, to trust God both in life and death.

For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7).