Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of October 15, 2006
- Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of October 15, 2006
As one of the on-going ministries of Chi Rho
Press, here is a selection from our book of daily
devotions, "Living as the Beloved: One Day at a
Time," by the Rev. Dr. Sandra Bochonok.
Please read the Scripture passage and Dr. Bochonok's
meditation. We hope you will be blessed.
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The Jesus way to die
"When some of the bystanders heard it, they said,
'This man is calling for Elijah.' At once one of
them ran and got a sponge, filled it with sour wine,
put it on a stick, and gave it to him to drink.
But the others said, 'Wait, let us see whether
Elijah will come to save him.' Then Jesus cried
again with a loud voice and breathed his last."
The moment of death is sacred. We both fear and
respect it. I have been at many hospital and
hospice bedsides as people breathed their last
breath. I have seen the light in their eyes
dim and become extinguished. It is a holy moment
when we are reminded of our own mortality.
We each have a time to be born and a time to die.
Dying is part of life. Despite the poet Dylan
Thomas' adjuration, "Do not go gentle into that
good night, / Old age should burn and rave at
close of day; / Rage, rage against the dying of
the light," sometimes death is actually a blessing
after great physical suffering from lingering or
debilitating illnesses. (The quote is from "The
Poems of Dylan Thomas," published by New Directions.
Copyright 1952, 1953 Dylan Thomas. Copyright 1937,
1945, 1955, 1962, 1966, 1967 the Trustees for the
Copyrights of Dylan Thomas. Copyright 1938, 1939,
1943, 1946, 1971 New Directions Publishing Corp.)
North American culture does not often let people
either die or mourn gracefully. Many people
completely avoid the topic and will not even use
the word "death." People say the departed ones
"passed on." Another phrase I have often heard
is, "God took them home." Others quietly will
say, "They've gone to be with the Lord." Society
continues to frantically search for the fountain
of youth, but death will eventually happen to all
There is a Jesus way to die that offers us courage,
hope, and dignity. It is the way of faith and it
is available to all of us. We see this enormous
faith through the final prayer of Christ as he
breathed his last. "It is finished" (John 19:30)
and "Father (translated from the Greek word, Pater),
into your hands I commit my spirit" (Luke 23:46 NIV).
Then he died. Jesus knew his time was up. His
lifework was finished. For Jesus, God was his
beloved, tender, compassionate heavenly Pater.
Christ's prayer life helped him live with greatness
and die with dignity and courage in his deepest
moments of need. He confidently placed himself
into the loving hands of his dear heavenly Parent
whom he loved and served. God ushered him into
Even in death, Jesus reminds us that God is as
near as our breathing, closer than our hands and
feet. Whatever our cherished sacred names for
God may be, we can be assured our Divine Companion
and Guide will usher us into eternity when it is
time. There is no need to be afraid of death.
Commit yourself to God and remember that God is
faithful. We will never be forsaken or abandoned
in our final breaths. We are in divine loving
hands as we are ushered into Paradise.
Hold me close to your heart, God. Be nearer than
my breathing and closer than my hands and feet
even in death. Amen.
Grace and peace,
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