The Bible says in Ecclesiastes 9:10: “Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest.”
The featured quote for this episode is from Steve Jobs. He said, “If you live each day as it was your last, someday you’ll most certainly be right.”
Our topic for today is titled “The Spirituality of Dying, Part 2” from the book, “The Art of Dying: Living Fully into the Life to Come” by Rob Moll.
— The Veteran
Paul, a World War II veteran, was dying of complications from diabetes. A father of four girls and one boy, he lived with his family in Wisconsin. After the war, he worked to raise his large Catholic family. However, those memories of the war remained an important part of his life and eventually his death.
Becky, one of Paul’s daughters, said that even in his old age he remained close to his army buddies. “He had several guys from his hometown that were all in the service with him. They all made it through, and they remained friends throughout their lives.” Dinners together with their families, as the friends aged, turned into breakfasts of donuts and coffee. Growing up, Becky would listen to her father’s stories and the faith he had in God, who Paul believed provided very real protection from harm during the war. Though he dodged bullets in Europe, diabetes slowly caught up with him. He entered a local hospice program, but stayed alive much longer than expected. “He just hung on,” Becky says.
And just when it seemed that Paul’s life would soon end, the family’s hospice nurse had to leave. For her own reasons she was taking another job. It devastated Becky and her family. “She worked for a long time with him,” Becky said. “Dad was at least a couple months in hospice, and they got to know the nurse. They really grew to love her. She was a source of strength for the family at that time.”
The nurse was leaving despite the fact that Paul had only days of life left. Hospice staff told Becky’s mother to call her children and let them know their father would soon die. “My mom was really upset about the nurse leaving, and my dad too,” Becky says.
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 Amazon.com 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.