What is death, father?
"Hold me up—and I shall be safe!" Psalm 119:117
The voyage of life is a perilous ocean!
People talk about the terrors of death—but living has greater terrors than dying!
In Miss Procter's poem, a child asks, "What is life, father?" and gets the answer that life is a battle, where many fall and fail.
Then the child asks, "What is death, father?" We are not surprised that when she learns that death is the rest which comes at the end of the strife of life, she says: "Let me die, father—for I fear to live."
The wise answer is, "You must live first—and persevere through the battlefields of life."
Life is full of perils—but there is One who can guard us from stumbling, and present us faultless before the presence of God at last. We need only to have Christ for our Friend—and He will bring us safely through all peril. But without Christ, we never can get home to Heaven.
"I desire to depart and be with Christ, which is better by far!" Philippians 1:23
"Blessed are those who die in the Lord!" Revelation 14:13