You know you’ve been blogging for a while when blogging becomes an important outlet for the deeper thoughts of your normal life.

Or in this case, normal death.

Today, my grandfather passed away.

As I reflected on his death, I was reminded of this post by Keith, and even more by this comment by Mere-O friend Lindsay:

One of the most satisfying elements of Christianity, for me, is its
assessment of death as an unnatural occurence. We react so strongly against it
precisely because it’s an intruder, robbing us of loved ones that may have grown
old in body but whose spirits have not been exhausted.

Unlike death on a national or international level, this is my first experience of death on a personal level. My grandfather was a caring, yet often stubborn old man. He was the only member of my father’s side of the family that I ever knew, and I will miss him.

The grieving process is difficult and painful, but it must be seized. I have never found the Lord more near as when I have contemplated my mortality. Now, as I contemplate mortality again, I am comforted by the fact that we serve a Lord who understands all aspects of the human experience, including death, and who provides us with hope for a new life. Death comes to all men, indeed, but life only to those who will be in Christ.

‘Requiem aeternam dona eis, Domine, et lux perpetua luceat eis. ‘
‘Give to them eternal peace, Lord, and let light perpetual shine upon them.’

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Posted by Matthew Lee Anderson

Matthew Lee Anderson is the Founder and Lead Writer of Mere Orthodoxy. He is the author of Earthen Vessels: Why Our Bodies Matter to our Faith and The End of Our Exploring: A Book about Questioning and the Confidence of Faith. Follow him on Twitter or on Facebook.


  1. Matt:

    I don’t know if you are following Blogotional, but I had a loss just 3 weeks ago myself — The pain is still fresh, so I am there with you.

    My condolences, but please don’t let it affect the very wonderful event coming soon to your life. I know your grandfather would not want to get in the way of that.

    My prayers are with you.


  2. Mr. Anderson,
    I am so sorry. You didn’t get to make your trip up there, did you? I hope and pray that this will not dampen or make difficult your upcoming wedding.

    I hope that you got to talk to him one last time. I know you’ll miss him alot.

    Alyssa, your student


  3. Mr. Anderson,
    I’m praying for you. I do not have any idea how you are feeling right now, but the Lord does and He is with you. I pray that He will comfort you. You are such an awesome example. Thank you for allowing us to be able to support at this time.
    Be blessed! Micah 6:8


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