PRACTICAL PREPARATIONS

Bible Reading:  Psalm 23:1-6

Hopefully we understand the spiritual preparation for eternity, of having our hearts right with God, allowing Jesus to be Lord of our life and being focused on the finishing line, but there are some practical issues that also need to be considered.

Today we will consider some of the other important practical aspects related to dying. I strongly recommend to you a book written by Dr. Billy Graham when he was ninety-two years old. It is entitled “Nearing Home – Life, Faith and Finishing Well.”

As far as you are able make it as easy as possible for the ones you leave behind. Of course they will mourn, but prepare your estate plans and make sure that your will is clear and honours God and your family. Make sure that your loved ones know your financial affairs. You might need to prepare a power of attorney so that someone you trust can handle your finances when you are no longer capable of handling them. Perhaps you need to have a funeral plan. Don’t leave a legacy of resentment or conflict or confusion behind you. This can so easily happen if we neglect the practical issues that press upon us, as we grow older. Remember that “a prudent man gives thought to his steps” [Proverbs 14:15]

Christians are not to be preoccupied with death, but neither are we to shrink from death or act as if we must fiercely resist it until the last breath. Until she was ninety-four years old my mother never confessed to being old, but at ninety-five she said, “I am ready to go.” I will never forget that last time with her, as she ate her favourite strawberries and cream, and then she and I lay together on that hospital bed and read Psalm 23. She joined me in speaking out the final verse of the psalm, “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.” She was ready.

Be prepared for heaven and to leave earth in every sense of the word, both spiritually and practically.

A Question:

Are there specific practical things that you need to do to prepare for the day when you die? Don’t procrastinate and leave these things until they are much more difficult. Don’t leave behind any resentment, conflict or confusion.