It may be difficult to answer this question. We do not always have the trust that Martha had when she made her response: “Yes Lord I believe”. Perhaps we feel afraid of death.
However there are people who can help us to grow in trust.
We think of the witness given by Maiti Girtanner, a member of the Resistance who was arrested by the Gestapo in 1943. A young doctor from the Gestapo tortured her, subjecting her to multiple experiments on the central nervous system in her spinal cord. She suffered untold agony.
Later her torturer, who was himself dying, came to see her and said: ” I have come to talk to you about death; it a matter of great urgency for me”.
In her account of her meeting with the young doctor, Maiti said: “He came to speak to me about death because he was mortally afraid. I spoke to him in a positive way telling him that God welcomed even the greatest sinners with open arms. The image that he had of death was that of an iron shutter like that those one sees in a garage. After about two hours, this man, who was in reality a beautiful person, lowered his head and said with great humility, just like a child: “But what can I do? So I spoke to him about love. “Live only for love since you have only a few weeks left to live. Do all you can to be love for others”.
Maiti composed the following prayer based on psalm 50.
« Yes I will arise and I will return to my Father”
One of these days I will meet you.
Your arms will open wide and I will fall at your feet
I will at last be united to the Beloved
Who has sought me and given me so much
And of whom I have spoken so much in spite of my poverty.
To live in a personal relationship with you
Means that eternity has already begun.
Sometimes I no longer have the strength to move forward
Or even to hope
But you have opened up the way for me
You have breached the chasms before me
And turned around those situations which seemed impossible.
And in these ways you have shown your presence.
Your presence is eternal
And we abandon ourselves to you in complete confidence.
You knock at the door of our hearts
And from now on we can say with a boldness that is full of confidence
“Here I am Lord…Be with me to the end”.