Hebrews 9:27 says that “it is appointed for men to die once … .” Death is a reality we cannot escape, but it is also a transition to a greater life we cannot afford to deny. I have had cancer surgery, followed a year later by radiation treatments and chemo infusions. I really want to see my grandchildren grow up. That may be selfish, but I will admit that I love them dearly. When I shared with my radiation oncologist that I wanted to live long enough to celebrate my 50th wedding anniversary with my patient, loving and godly wife, he said basically he thought that should happen (our 50th is in six years).