What age then, is acceptable for death to seem fair?

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What age then, is acceptable for death to seem fair?

The quickest, easiest answer is, “I don’t know”.

Do you?

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By jeff noel

Retired Disney Institute Keynote Speaker and Prolific Blogger. Five daily, differently-themed personal blogs (about life's 5 big choices) on five interconnected sites.


  1. Jeff,

    I don’t know either. My wife and I are discussing this same thing right now. Our personal physician and friend passed away Thursday night unexpectedly. He was in great shape for 62, and was actually mountain biking with friends when his heart just stopped.

    Do I view his death as premature? Yes, in my finite mind, I do. But in God’s infinite wisdom, the timing was right. And that is so hard for me to put my mind around, but I don’t see the big picture in God’s timing.


  2. Bob, very, very sorry to hear about your physician friend. Wow, 62, so young, and active, and helpful as a physician…peace and blessings immeasurable to you and everyone who knows him.

    The Bible is clear that we do not know when we will be called. And that we should be prepared. What these two messages mean and how we individually embrace this and act is really one of life’s greatest challenges – and perhaps one that few actually complete.

  3. Bob, my sympathies for losing your friend and prayers for peace and care to his family and friends.

    I agree with you that God’s timing is always perfect and His plan for each of us is perfectly timed. Yet my mind cannot fathom it, and my heart rails at the “unfairness” of death.

    I just finished reading Isaac’s Storm — the account of Galveston’s 1900 Hurricane. Upwards of 6,000 souls perished in that weekend of horror. Cannot fathom it, cannot imagine the grief.

  4. Natalie,

    Thank you for your words of encouragement. The fathoming piece is what gets me. I know God’s timing is perfect, but comprehending the “whys” of some things…I know I may not know the answers this side of Heaven. I just trust in His infinite wisdom to always be right.

    Again, thanks for the encourangement – both you and Jeff!


  5. Bob and Natalie, last night at dinner, we had a nature show on. A pack of 12 wolves was chasing a large bull elk in the depths of winter. I reminded two 11 year olds how brutal (our beautiful world) nature is. Had to switch the channel.

    As you say Natalie, “Yet my mind cannot fathom it, and my heart rails at the “unfairness” of death.”

    There seems to be opportunity to use the inevitable to affect the present moment(s). In one, we can not change the outcome, in the other, we have complete control.

    Bob, once again, extending heartfelt wishes for God’s perfect comfort in the midst of this tragedy… and praying especially for those who were the very closest to your friend.

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