When a dying man says something, we should listen. They are telling us their heart. Richard Baxter gave us wisdom as he died.
When the Puritan Richard Baxter lay dying, he said to his friends who visited him: “You come here to learn to die. I can assure you that your whole life, be it ever so long–is little enough to prepare for death. Beware of this vain deceitful world, and the lusts of the flesh. Be sure that you choose . . .
God for your portion,
Heaven for your home,
God’s glory for your end,
His Word for your rule–
and then you need never fear but we shall meet with comfort.”
He also said, “Lord, what is man? What am I? A vile worm to the great God! God may justly condemn me for the best duty I ever did. All my hopes are from the free mercy of God in Christ!”
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Do we live our lives this way?
Tom Stearns, WASI Chaplain, 907 715-4001