The force of the explosion made the whole quarter tremble.
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I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will have sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death. For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. To be with Christ is far better. Philippians 1, 20, 21, & 23.
To face death
I only remember the crash of the explosion and the irresistible force which projected me to the ground... I came back to myself in hospital, my scalp was constellated with glares of glass and... I was knocked out! This was in Belfast: A bomb just had burst in a van. I was alive and practically uninjured among dead and injured people! I understood that I had come close to death. I was absolutely certain, that if the worst thing would have happened to me, I did not have to fear. For this would also have been good for me. In order to judge the value of such an insurance, one has to face death. Then the heart will be filled with peace!
Even if I don't wish anybody to be so near to death, this experience can sometimes be useful to ask some true questions, to think over our priorities and to concentrate on the essential. What is my insurance beyond this earthly life? What is my life worth in the light of eternity?
Here are some certainties, which men of faith have pronounced and I also share them:
"I know that my Redeemer lives yet in my flesh I will see God" (Job 19, 25 & 26).
"I know that nothing good lives in me" (Romans 7, 18).
"I know whom I have believed, and am convinced that he is able to guard what I have entrusted to him." (2 Timothy 1, 12).
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