This podcast will help you get ready to face the inevitable unpleasant things that will happen in your life — things like trouble, suffering, sickness, and death — the death of people you love and your own death.
The Bible says in Romans 14:8: “For whether we live, we live unto the Lord; and whether we die, we die unto the Lord: whether we live therefore, or die, we are the Lord’s.”
The featured quote for this episode is from Hunter S. Thompson. He said, “Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming ‘Wow! What a ride!'”
Our topic for today is titled “When Death Arrives (Part 4)” from the book, “The Art of Dying: Living Fully into the Life to Come” by Rob Moll.
My own first personal encounter with death came when I was twenty-seven years old. My wife and I went to visit my great aunt who was dying of cancer.
My aunt lived alone after her sister died fifteen years earlier. Aunt Eileen lived on the fifth floor of an apartment building on the 1300 block of north Lake Shore Drive. I remembered as a child staring through her window at the city below. Now, as I looked out her window, I thought about those visits when her apartment seemed as if it were set in the clouds. Neither Aunt Eileen nor her sister married. Their nieces and nephews, and their children, were her only family nearby. She lived by herself, but she wouldn’t die that way. A few family members, particularly my mom, began regularly visiting her.
For years Aunt Eileen kept her cancer a secret. Even as she neared her eighties, she told no one about her trips across the park that straddled the distance between her apartment building and the hospital, just a few miles north of Chicago’s Loop. She walked, not wanting to spend the money on a taxi or ask a family member for a lift to the hospital for chemotherapy. I had visited Eileen seldom in the years before she died. When she’d been sick, she didn’t allow visitors. On her deathbed, however, she changed her mind.
Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in over twenty-five foreign countries. He is the author of over forty books. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry which publishes a monthly magazine called The Torch Leader. He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts/podcasts, which include: The Prayer Motivator Devotional, The Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report, the Second Coming Watch Update and the Soul-Winning Motivator, among others. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, a Master’s degree in Religion, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Master of Theology degree from Liberty University School of Divinity. He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica for over twenty-seven years. God has blessed their union with seven children. Find out more at www.danielwhyte3.com. Follow Daniel Whyte III on Twitter @prophetdaniel3 or on Facebook.