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Your death day is better than your birthday.

A good name is better than precious ointment; and the day of death than the day of one’s birth (Ecclesiastes 7:1 KJV)

In the book Facing Death, Billy Graham tells of when he heard of the death Corrie ten Boom. She was a remarkable woman who hid Jews from the Gestapo during WW II and later was sent to the infamous Ravensbrook concentration camp. Her sister died in the camp, but Corrie was released. For more than thirty years she traveled the world telling of her experience. Corrie’s story received national attention in the movie, The Hiding Place, and in the many books she wrote.

In the last few years of life her friends and co-workers made quite a celebration for her birthdays. She was bedridden and unable to speak for the last five years of her life, but she truly loved parties. Corrie died on her ninety-first birthday April 15, 1983. As one friend said, “What a birthday party she must have had!” (3) That is exactly what Solomon is saying in Ecclesiastes 7:1, “Our death day is better than our birthday!”

Billy Graham. Facing Death. Word Books, Waco, Texas, 1986, pg. 18.

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