One Foot Raised

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"They [that is our physical afflictions and diseases] should moreover, serv us for medicines to purge us from worldly affections, and remove what is superfluous in us, and since they are to us the messangerrs of death, we ought to learn to have one foot raised to take our departure when it shall please God."
[John Calvin in a letter to Madame de Coligny, quoted by Sam Storms in 'With Calvin in the Theater of God']

Sam Storms, after quoting the above asks:

"Do we live every day with one foot lifted ever so deftly off the ground in constant alert and anxious expectation of the moment when we will depart this world and enter into the splendour of heaven and the presence of God Himself?"