There is much hope for me in knowing that to be absent from this body is to be present with the Lord as 2 Cor. 5:8 says.
I believe this correlates because as we long for the next life we long to be with Christ and in being with Christ we are gaining an eternity with our Savior free of pain and suffering and a life full of peace and joy. There was a time in my life that begged for it to be over and for me to go home to be with the Lord. I am glad that God had better plans for me and allowed mem to remain until his time me is up.
Knowing what waits fo me in heaven makes leaving this world far less scary.
I find myself, the older I get (and I am not that old) the more and more I see the fear of death dwindling. Not because I want to die – I have kids and a wife that I believe God wants me on this earth for, but knowing that I live in Christ and what awaits makes this life seem less.
“To live is Christ and to die is gain.” When things get so difficult as your body is weakening means dying here on earth, but you gain by being with Christ in heaven. I am witnessing this now with my mother. The was very active in mind and body. Now she is struggling physically and mentally. Some days are such a struggle for her. Dying scares her at the moment. I am trying to help her see that Jesus will help her. There are starting to be times for me at my age that I am feeling the same in some areas. But Christ is my life so I have hope.