“Death be not proud.”

“Death be not proud, though some have called thee
Mighty and dreadful, for thou art not so,”

– John Donne “Death Be Not Proud” (“Holy Sonnet X”)

“Where, O death, is your victory?
Where, O death, is your sting?”

– 1 Corinthians 15:55

Oh, but death does sting.

“Sting” is an understatement.

Some days, death rips into our souls with such shocking savagery that we can barely whisper, “Where, O death, is your sting.”

Some days, death is a cataract, dimming the victory of the cross.

“Death reveals that the world is not as it should be but that it stands in need of redemption.”

– Dietrich Bonhoeffer

But, thank God for those moments of grace, glimpses of that unfathomable peace.

Thank God for those days when He gives us the strength to shout, “Where, O death, is your sting?”.

Thank God for the days when even death can point us to the cross.

“And death shall be no more; Death, thou shalt die.” – Donne


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