Incorporate the Lessons of Dying Into Living
By Rev. A. Stephen Pieters (also posted on The Body)
“Who lives their life without seeing death? Who is ever rescued from the grip of the grave?” -Psalm 89:48 (CEB)
“Up to this very moment we are hungry, thirsty, wearing rags, abused, and homeless.” -1 Corinthians 4:11 (CEB)
Live what you learned when you thought your time was short. For example, many of us, in living with the potential imminence of death from AIDS, learned to be truly present to the present moment. Remember, death can still happen at any minute.
None of us, HIV-positive or not, have any guarantees that we will be alive tomorrow. Facing death can snap you to attention, and make you understand and embrace the importance of staying in the moment. Don't lose that gift now that you're going to live. This is just one of the valuable lessons that can be applied to your new life.
About the MCC Church
Founded in 1968, Metropolitan Community Churches (MCC) has been at the vanguard of civil and human rights movements by addressing issues of race, gender, sexual orientation, economics, climate change, aging, and global human rights. MCC was the first to perform same gender marriages and has been on the forefront of the struggle towards marriage equality in the USA and other countries worldwide.
MCC recognizes a state of need around the world in the areas of human rights and justice including but not limited to the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer community. As people of faith, MCC endeavors to build bridges that liberate and unite voices of sacred defiance. MCC leads from the margins and transforms.