Paul's declaration, "For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain," captures the essence of living authentically. This sermon invites us to embrace both life's joys and challenges, understanding that true fulfillment lies in living aligned with our deepest truths. As we surrender to life’s ebb and flow, we learn to celebrate our vulnerabilities, letting them guide us towards a deeper connection with the Divine and a richer, more authentic life. In life and in death, we belong to God! When we know we belong to God, we can be united rather than divided - an integrated self. We can face life with faith rather than fear. We get to reinterpret suffering, pain, evil, conflict. Life or death - it’s all good news!