Most people die in rooms
too small for their lives;
nothing expansive remains; 
the spaces get smaller
and smaller, until their
vista shrinks to a hospital
courtyard or TV screen.

There is a lot to be said
for dying far at sea,
like a torpedoed mariner;
or in a singing desert,
like a misplaced explorer;
or disappearing right into
the sky, a carefree aviator.


Julian O’Dea

4 responses to this post.

  1. i don’t really know how to articulate this without sounding … harsh. but i think we often focus so much on keeping people alive that we forget that living is important. and if someone knows Jesus and is going to heaven, then death is a gift, not a bad thing. we who are left in this world think it’s tragic if a Christian dies young and misses out on all the life they could have lived on this side of eternity … but i think that once we get to the other side, we’ll find that’s not true at all. we’ll find that heaven really is the best place to be.

    the truth is that we don’t like being left here without those we love … the truth is that it’s selfish for those of us still living on this earth. it’s not fair that they get to enjoy heaven, and i’m still struggling in this world without them.

    as God wants me to live on this earth, i’ll live here … and i pray that is a very long time so i can be here for my daughters as long as possible b/c i know they need me. but if it were just me, i’d selfishly jump to the other side in a heartbeat 😉


    • Posted by Julian O'Dea on February 18, 2019 at 5:14 am

      Good thoughts. I have seen old people leave this life in hope of heaven. And young, promising people die in their teens. I can only assume it is all as it should be in God’s economy.

      I also feel that God might want me to stay on the earth for a while longer, if only to make sure my children are settled as well as possible.

      I think people find it easier to die when they feel they are part of something bigger; an ongoing family, a loved national way of life. Modern individualism robs us of some of that.


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