K.P., Simon, and Paul on Death

Simon Dobbin at Cambridge United for a game against Portsmouth with his wife, Nicole. (Image: Warren Gunn)

K.P. Yohannan

Yesterday I read an article: ‘Why the ‘cure’ for Covid is far worse than the disease’ by K.P. Yohanna. Two extracts express his concerns:

 ‘…Mumbai, a city with 20 million people and around 100,000 beggars. Suddenly there was a lockdown. Suddenly no passersby. No looks of compassion. No money. No food. Nothing. They were alone without anything and with nowhere to go.’

‘For hundreds of millions of people living in Asia, starvation is 10 to 20 times more dangerous than the disease. This is true, especially for the poor. Some people are saying the pandemic could push around 122 to 160 million people deeper into poverty and hunger because of lack of jobs and the present economic fallout in many nations.’

Simon Dobbin

Yesterday we learnt of the sad death of Simon Dobbin, a Cambridge United fan. Viciously attacked after his team had played in Southend in March 2015 he was left brain damaged and unable to walk, talk or control his movements.

His loving wife and family have occasionally appeared on local news programmes, always with dignity and bravery.

‘Death’ has been on our screens daily for many months: Graphs and statistics… stories from hospitals and care homes… individuals fighting and surviving death… families facing death with resignation, compassion and fortitude… depressing, distant, different funerals…

Paul

This morning I’m musing on Paul’s words about death in 1Corinthians 15:50-59…

  • Meaningful: The writer of the ancient ‘Ecclesiastes’ said that life and death were meaningless. Paul disagreed – death is meaningful!
  • Mystery: He did not fully understand death.
  • Music(?!): The last trumpet! Trumpets throughout the Bible speak of accountability, choice and finality.
  • Mortality: Our current bodies are mortal and perishable.
  • Magnificent/Majestic: We shall be immortal, imperishable and victorious: ‘Death has been swallowed up in victory.’
  • Motivation: This motivates us – don’t fear death! Instead be strong, stand firm and work hard.

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