Ways to Deal with Our Mortality

At the memorial service for our former pastor this week, one of his fellow-chaplains explained how he faced his terminal illness. Each Thursday he visited patients in the ICU unit of our local hospital. The critically ill could talk with him, because he knew what they faced. Some got better, some didn’t, but as a way to contribute to others, our former pastor served out of his weakness until a short time before his death.

While our former pastor served others in patience, Job seeks to hasten his death. His grief so overwhelms him, in chapter three he curses his birth. Like the Blessing, words uttered in the Curse take on a life of their own.  Because he believes his words will cause God to end his suffering in the peace of death, he curses his life. He doesn’t die, of course. Instead he learns valuable lessons about living life in the midst of loss, injustice, and mortality.

How do I deal with my mortality? I’m writing a book. In the later stage of life myself, I want to leave a legacy for hurting people from God’s word to Job: practical, helpful, and hopeful.

How are you dealing with your mortality?




About Grose

Gordon Grose loves most to write, speak, and preach on the message of hope from the book of Job. Using drama, video, and PowerPoint, he has preached and presented this message of hope to churches around the country. Grose pastored three congregations 25 years, then served 12 years as a pastoral counselor in a Portland, Oregon counseling clinic. He now serves with Good Samaritan Counseling Services, Beaverton, OR. A graduate of Wheaton College (IL), Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, Brandeis University, and Boston University, he comes from a rich and varied background in theological and counseling training. In 2015, Gordon published Tragedy Transformed: How Job's Recovery Can Provide Hope For Yours, a book about turning to Job for hope after tragedy. If you have experienced life challenges or personal tragedy, visit his Transforming Tragedy (gordongrose.com) blog to learn more. TragedyTransformed.com provides a sample of Gordon's speaking as well as an opportunity to purchase copies of his book.
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