A medical missionary captured by bandits in China, informed that he was to be shot at a spot ten minutes' distance away, tells how a terrible fear & helplessness came over him at the thought of such a death so far away from his native country, from his family & his friends.
But he had strength enough to pray. This was his prayer: "My Lord God, have mercy on me & give me strength for this trial. Take away all fear & if I have to die, let me die like a man."
Instantly, he said, his terrible fear began to disappear. By the time he had reached the gorge where he was to be shot, he felt perfectly calm & unafraid. At the last moment, however, the bandits relented & his life was spared.
In the days which followed, full of danger & suffering, the memory of this experience was cherished more & more:
"My own will had failed in the most critical moment of my life. But the knowledge that I could depend on a power greater than my own, one that had not failed me in that crisis, sustained me in a wonderful way to the very end of my captivity. What ingratitude it would be in me not to proclaim this power."
"When the time comes for you to die, you need not be afraid, because death cannot separate you from God's love." - Charles Spurgeon.
Psa 118:6 (ESV): "The LORD is on my side; I will not fear. What can man do to me?"
"Death may be the King of terrors... but Jesus is the King of kings!" - D.L. Moody.