What if death is just out there, at some fixed point, waiting for you to walk under it like a piano suspended above the sidewalk? – Jess Walter
(Citizen Vince. New York, NY: HarperCollins. 2005. 23)
When you think about it, I mean really think about it, [we] could die at any moment. At any time, something could go wrong and [we] could wake up…somewhere else. And this, of course, is always tragic. Just like having a piano dropped on your head.
In light of this reality, have [you] lived [your] life in such a way as to assure that, even if [you] die tragically, [your] death is not a tragedy? What I mean is, how will [your] death glorify God? Will God be glorified in [your] death because [you] are gone and won’t be able to hold people back anymore? Or, will [you] pass on as a saint who faithfully served [your] Lord?
“Truly, truly, I say to you, when you were young, you used to dress yourself and walk wherever you wanted, but when you are old, you will stretch out your hands, and another will dress you and carry you where you do not want to go.” (This he said to show by what kind of death he was to glorify God.) And after saying this he said to him, “Follow me.” (John 21:18-19 ESV)
Lord God, let [us] live in such a way as to die in a manner that supports the cause of Your kingdom. Allow [us] to die serving You faithfully. Let [our] death glorify You because [we are] faithful and not because [we are] a hindrance. Amen.