Pain is terrible, but surely you need not have fear as well? Can you not see death as the friend and deliverer? It means stripping off that body which is tormenting you: like taking off a hair-shirt or getting out of a dungeon. What is there to be afraid of? You have long attempted (and none of us does more) a Christian life. Your sins are confessed and absolved. Has the world been so kind to you that you should leave it with regret? There are better things ahead than any we leave behind.
Remember though we struggle against things because we are afraid of them, it is often the other way round– we get afraid because we struggle. Are you struggling, resisting? Don’t you think Our Lord says to you “Peace, child, peace. Relax. Let go. Underneath are everlasting arms. Let go, I will catch you. Do you trust me so little?”
Of course, this may not be the end. Then make it a good rehearsal.
~C.S. Lewis, from a letter to Mary Willis Shelburne, June 17, 1963
For reflection on Isaiah 40:6-11