This week we will be exploring L.S. Dugdale’s book, “The Lost Art of Dying: Reviving Forgotten Wisdom.

Today’s Bible reading

Matthew 28:16-20

16 Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus told them to go. 17 When they saw him, they worshipped him, but some doubted. 18 Jesus came near and spoke to them, “I’ve received all authority in heaven and on earth. 19 Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to obey everything that I’ve commanded you. Look, I myself will be with you every day until the end of this present age.”

More thoughts for meditation 

“For a chapter on fear, this image was designed to represent—as well as induce—its subject. 

This is a disturbing piece of art, and over the course of its many renditions the artist toned it down significantly. A young woman, eyes wide open in terror, lies in a hospital bed that bears a striking resemblance to an open coffin. It is not exactly clear whether the oxygen mask is helping or smothering get. Her arms are hidden, which prompts the viewer to ask whether she has the ability to escape from the encroaching darkness.”

Suggestions for action

What comes up for you as you look at this picture, is it difficult to put yourself in her shoes? What if you got to your deathbed and felt overwhelming fear at what was to pass? What would comfort you most in those moments?

Consider Jesus’ promise to be with you always, even to the end of [your] age. How does that impact your experience of dying?