Active Dying

By Faithful Finch

Recently I heard that a hospice patient was “actively dying”.  I’d never heard of this term before, and it seemed like an oxymoron. It made me stop and really think about the death process. No one can really help you with the hard “work” of dying.  It is yours to do alone. Yes, there are those who will be there alongside of you to stand with you, comfort you, and encourage you along the way, but the active dying process is yours alone.

I think the same can be said about the process of dying to those sin patterns and habits that keep us distanced from God and our friends and family. We each have to choose to actively work at letting those patterns die inside ourselves. It can be painful and lonely but the work helps to shed the very block that is preventing us from living free.


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