O, To Die Like This

Charles Drelincourt (1595-1669) was a French Protestant Pastor. These are his famous words upon his death:

Adieu, my dear relatives, my precious friends! I rise to God, I am going to my Father. The struggles are over, and I abandon my misery and exchange today the earth for the heavens.

By faith, dry the tears from your eyes, banish from your hearts all bitter sadness, and if your love for me was ever sincere, reflect on my joy and be happy for me.

Ah! but my lot is wonderful! It is worthy of envy. By death, I pass to the domain of life, and in dying lose nothing but mortality.

Follow me, with vows of hope and zeal. If death separates us for a limited time, God will unite us in eternal glory.

Qtd. in D.A. Carson, Memoirs of an Ordinary Pastor: The Life and Reflections of Tom Carson (Wheaton: Crossway, 2008), 140.

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