Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life. Those who believe in me, even though they die, will live.
(John 11:25 NRSV)

Jerry Kramer was a member of a team that once dominated the National Football league--the awesome Green Bay Packers under Coach Vince Lombardi.

Kramer is also an articulate man who has authored two best-selling books about his experiences. In his most recent book he reflects on his own sense of mortality. His words would be helpful for many of us. He writes, "I think a lot about death these days, which is funny, too, because I've never been healthier. I've had only one serious illness in the past ten years, only one near-death experience. I haven't broken a bone, not even a finger, since I stopped playing football sixteen years ago. My weight's not bad, about 240, twenty pounds less than when I stopped playing, and most of the time I feel awfully good. And yet now, more than ever, I sense that I'm mortal.

"A year ago, I lost my father to cancer, and I don't think I'll ever get over his death. In some ways, I think it was more difficult for the family than it was for him. Dad was a very religious man and he was ready to go. He had his faith and he said he was locked in the arms of the Lord. Sometimes I wish I had that kind of faith. But I don't. I just have questions."

That's interesting, don't you think? His father's death was harder on the family than it was on him. Why? Because Dad "was a very religious man and he was ready to go. He had his faith and he said he was locked in the arms of the Lord."

Blessed are the believers.


Lord Jesus, today, I just want to thank you for those who have shared their faith with me. Amen.

Ron Newhouse

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