Life On Death Row

It is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment. -Hebrews 9:27

In an article discussing the U.S. justice system, newspaper columnist Cal Thomas mentioned that nearly 2,000 prisoners in America are living on death row-sentenced to die to pay for their crimes. Electric chair drawing

Think for a moment about what it must be like to live every day under the sentence of death. Imagine the fear that may be on the minds of these people, knowing that they have a date with death.

Yet take that thinking a step further. Although we may feel bad for the inmates on death row, in actuality we all face a similar plight. Each of us lives with death on the horizon.

A fire roars through an apartment building, killing several people. A drunk driver rams head-on into a carload of senior citizens, killing two fine couples. Cancer claims a young mother in the prime of life. And even if we escape such tragedies, our bodies eventually wear out and we must meet our appoint­ment with death.

We need not get depressed about it, however, if we are ready for God’s appointed time for us. By putting our faith in Christ and living for Him, we can face death without the fear of God’s judgment. We can live every day to the full, knowing that death will take us to go on living with Him. -J.D.B.

Though life is often fraught with pain,
Though death looms just ahead,
The Lord can fill your heart with peace
And take away its dread. -D.J.D.

You’re not ready to live until you’re ready to die.

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