Death Be Not Proud Even


Death Be Not Proud

Even as we remember, we need also to keep everything in the proper perspective. Death, for those who know God, is merely the change from life to Life, from seeing "through a glass darkly" to living in the presence of glory.

Holy Sonnet X John Donne Death be not proud, though some have called thee Mighty and dreadfull, for, thou art not soe, For, those, whom thou think'st, thou dost overthrow, Die not, poore death, nor yet canst thou kill mee; From rest and sleepe, which but thy pictures bee, Much pleasure, then from thee, much more must flow, And soonest our best men with thee doe goe, Rest of their bones, and soules deliverie. Thou'art slave to Fate, chance, kings, and desperate men, And dost with poyson, warre, and sicknesse dwell, And poppie,' or charmes can make us sleepe as well, And better then they stroake; why swell'st thou then? One short sleepe past, wee wake eternally, And death shall be no more, Death thou shalt die.

One short sleep past and we wake eternally to spend that time with God. There is no death save that of not knowing and embracing God and I pray that not one of His children shall ever see that death. May He, in His mercy, grant us all the mercy of knowing and loving Him, of denying to death a victory that he has not earned and denying to Satan a prize that pride does not deserve. May we all be restored to glorious light and enjoy eternally the love and favor of God, our tender and caring Father.

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