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Death, the Final Calling

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The vocation of dying is a sacred vocation. To understand that is one of the most important lessons a Christian can ever learn.

Dare we think of death as a vocation? The author of Ecclesiastes thought so: "To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die" (Eccles. 3:1-2). Likewise the author of Hebrews: "And it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgement" (Heb. 9:27). Notice the language of Scripture. It speaks of death in terms of a "purpose under heaven" and of an "appointment." Death is a divine appointment. It is part of God's purpose in our lives. God calls each person to die. He is sovereign over all of life, including the final experience of life.

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Issue: "By the Sweat of Our Brow" May/June 1999 Vol. 8 No. 3 Page number(s): 34-37

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