LISTEN: The Spirituality of Dying, Part 1 (Preparing for the Inevitable #21 with Daniel Whyte III)

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. Trouble, suffering, and death are common threads that run throughout all of humanity. They are inescapable. You will never meet a person who has not, is not, or will not experience these terrible things in life. Yet, we attempt to hide from these inevitabilities, to pretend they don’t exist or that they won’t happen to us. Our world is filled with news of people dying, children suffering, entire government systems and organizations enduring trouble and turmoil, but we tend to see these as things that only happen to “other people” and never to us. Trouble, suffering, and death come equally to all people, of all races, from every socio-economic status, of every religion, in every country of the world. It makes us all equal. This podcast will show you how to accept these realities of life, and not just cope, but face trouble, suffering, and death in your own life and in the world with confidence, courage, class, and most of all, with faith, hope, and charity.

Daniel Whyte III
Daniel Whyte III

The Bible says in Revelation 14:13: “And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them.”

The featured quote for this episode is from H.P. Lovecraft. He said, “That is not dead which can eternal lie, And with strange eons even death may die.”

Our topic for today is titled “The Spirituality of Dying, Part 1” from the book, “The Art of Dying: Living Fully into the Life to Come” by Rob Moll.

Because of his Alzheimer’s, my hospice patient, Edward, and I were never able to communicate well. I would get off the elevator in the convalescence center, look around the tables where the elderly and ill residents occupied themselves with simple games, slept or watched the activities outside. Each week for a year I scanned the tables and looked for Edward, leaned over in his wheelchair asleep.

I usually woke him up, knowing I was one of his only visitors and that he’d be glad to have someone to talk to. I’d ask Edward questions, and he would mumble answers. Sometimes he would talk very intelligibly, and I understood every word. But even then his mind was confused. I understood his words, but they made no sense. Even on good days I could never play much of a role in the conversation. I often simply nodded agreement with him and asked Edward to tell me more.

Though we could never carry on a meaningful conversation, I continued to visit, and over the course of a few months I thought Edward began to appreciate my presence. There was never anything particularly special about our relationship, but he would smile as I arrived and tell me it was good to see me and to have a good day when I left. I discovered that Edward enjoyed it when I simply blathered on about anything and everything that came to mind. Doing this is no skill of mine, but it didn’t seem to matter to Edward. I would talk about my kids or upcoming travel plans. I’d talk about work, about the weather, about Chicago’s sports teams.

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 including the Essence Magazine, Dallas Morning News, and national bestseller, Letters to Young Black Men. 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.

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’s Rawlings School of Divinity (formerly Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary). He is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Ministry degree.

He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica since 1987. God has blessed their union with seven children.