Preacher Dies on Easter Sunday

Dr. Gardner Taylor, widely acclaimed as the "Prince of Preachers," died on Easter Sunday. I find this fact fascinating. It puts me in mind of the historical record of the deaths of Presidents John Adams and Thomas Jefferson on Independence Day July 4, 1826. Both men had been president of the United States and 1826 was significant because it was the 50th anniversary of the signing of the declaration of independence

Taylor's death on Easter Sunday begs the question, aside from cancer, heart disease, or some other tragic accident, do people have control over the moment of their dying? Do individuals have the ability to "hang on" to reach significant dates? They find that the deaths of Jewish men decrease in the week leading up to Passover. And they increase in the week following. (The Jewish male plays a significant role in the Passover ritual.) What do you think?

Is it just coincidence? Is it God's mark of approbation of a life well spent? Or is there some biopsychosocial correlation of the will to live that the individual holds and has the power to release?


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