“I don’t want to die. I still want to live,” said Louis,* as she lay on her side on the bed with her dutiful daughter lovingly watching over her. The day before, while at the hospital, Louis was given a terminal diagnosis.
“Louis, you know your time is short. What is true for you is true for all of us. We don’t know when, or where, but death will come. The Bible says that life is like a vapor; it is here today and it is gone tomorrow. My time to die could be tomorrow, today or in 80 years. You have been awakened to the reality of how precious life is and how imminent death is. My hope is that God gives you many more days on this earth so your family can enjoy you and you can enjoy them. That said, I would like to share with you about Jesus, so you can be ready to face death or life. Is that ok?”
Louis nodded in agreement. I shared how we were created to be in relationship with God. How humans chose to rebel against Him and submit themselves to the dominion of Satan. How each and every one of us have been slaves to sin, and that the result of that sin is to be forever separated from God.
But there is Good News. God loves us and wants to bring us back into His Kingdom, from the dominion of darkness to the dominion of light. He sent Jesus to accomplish this and more. Jesus came to earth and lived a perfect life. The people of this earth killed him. They hung him on the cross, and he died. Three days later he was raised from the dead. He died to take away our sin, to free us from the rule of Satan, and to restore our relationship by bringing us into his family where He is the King. When we put our faith in Jesus, this is accomplished.
I then turned to a Psalm about how we can cry out to God for deliverance. I shared with Louis that she can cry out to God for deliverance from sin and Satan. “If you choose to trust in Jesus, that he died and was raised again, you don’t have to fear death and judgment.” I asked if she believed, and she nodded in agreement. I asked if I could pray with her, and she nodded. We prayed.