Staring at the Sun

Kobe Bryant, 41, NBA basketball legend, just died recently in a helicopter crash along with his 13-year-old daughter Gianna.

This is very sad news for the world.

 It’s another reminder for us of the brevity and fragility of life. Death is no respecter of persons. It can come at any age. When it calls, you go.

Psychiatrist Dr. Irvin Yalom wrote a book entitled “Staring at the Sun” and it talked about the psychological ramifications of facing the inevitable reality of death.

He said that, in his work as a therapist, the issue of death is constant in how people live - whether consciously or unconsciously.

Dr. Yalom speaks of death anxiety in his book sharing from his personal experience and clinical work. He observed of humanity’s common “mortal wound” and the need to overcome its terror.

I share the anxiety or fear of death with every human being. It’s a dark shadow from which we never escape and have to come to terms with.

Psychology is very limited in addressing the problem of death anxiety and fear. It can only go so far. That’s because the ultimate answers and healing from death does not belong to it.

Ultimacy belongs only to God.

“I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in Me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in Me will never die,” said Jesus (John 11:25).

There lies the ultimate answer to death and its terror.

Do you believe in Him?