All kidding aside I appreciate Mike's new "condo" because it ironically relieves my fear of death. And this is good news because as long as I can remember I had a terrible fear of death. As an mere eight-year-old I was overly concerned about being drafted to the Vietnam War hoping that day would never come. Too scared to let anyone know I was afraid, I kept it to myself. Big mistake. I am sure if I confided in someone else I would have been relieved to discover I wasn't the only one who was afraid of death.
Here is a comforting read from the book, Around the Year with Emmet Fox, that Mike Dugan gave me over 25 years ago and that I still read from each morning. Enjoy.
Nothing is really worth worrying about. Nothing is really worth getting angry or hurt or bitter about. Positively nothing is worth losing your peace of mind over.
These important truths follow logically upon the following fact: You are going to live forever - somewhere. This means that there is plenty of time to get things right again if they have gone wrong. No matter what mistake you may have made, enough prayer will overtake it and cancel it. If those you love seem to be acting foolishly, you can help them with prayer to be wiser, and, meanwhile, if they suffer, it means that kindly nature is teaching the a lesson that they need to learn.
But suppose something awful should happen? Well, what then? Suppose you lost everything and landed in the poorhouse. What then? Think what a wonderful demonstration you could make there, and you would probably learn several valuable lessons there, and, anyway, it would be quite interesting. Suppose the whole universe blew up. What then? When the dust settles, God will still be in business and you will be alive somewhere, ready to carry on."
-From Around the Year with Emmet Fox, daily reading for November 21st.