As for you, always be sober, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, carry out your ministry fully.
As for me, I am already being poured out as a libation, and the time of my departure has come. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. From now on there is reserved for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will give to me on that day, and not only to me but also to all who have longed for his appearing. (2 Timothy 4:5-8)
Paul is writing to Timothy, urging him to carry on the work they started. He himself is almost done. His time is up.
When a good person dies, like my friend who passed away on Friday, then we are sad. Yet, we also know that their life was full of meaning, that they were loved and loved others in return. They have done all that they could to leave this world a better place.
Learning from them, we should also make sure we ‘fight the good fight’ and that we ‘finish the race’. Joy, my friend, certainly ‘kept the faith’; a lifelong Christian she embodied all that is good and right and kind – and she had the driest, most wicked sense of humour! Our Lord will get a good chuckle when he hands her the crown…