When I was a young nurse, I worked in Oncology floor. It wasn’t the best place to work because one can get so emotionally attached not only to patients but their families as well. It was even harder to see young ones dying knowing their future was cut short, and it made me think of my own mortality or immortality for that matter. Yet, seeing how life can be taken away from us anytime made me reflect on life and made me even closer to our Creator.
One of our brothers in Christ died last March 6, 2009 after battling with colon cancer. Larry was a man of God, a young father of 3 small children and a loving husband to a beautiful wife. We will surely miss him but he left a legacy to all of us who knew him: an example of his strong faith in God, and his gentle, quiet spirit like that of Jesus. The very first time I heard of his diagnosis few months ago, I got a chance to see him at the church and asked how he’s doing. He said something about more tests he would undergo, but what I remembered most was when he said, “God is good!” His health deteriorated fast, yet I heard that even during Bible Studies at his house, he volunteered to pray and started the prayer by thanking God, even when he was very weak. What a testimony of faith!
What I personally remembered most about Larry was when my father was dying of cancer many years back, he was one of the first who visited and prayed for him. Fast forward 12 years after that, God gave me and my husband the opportunity to visit Larry at his house and prayed for him too as he battled with his own cancer.
I am sure Larry met my father again in Heaven and both are rejoicing with the angels now.
Time is fleeting and life is short. The fact is we will all going to die someday. When and how, we do not know. Very early this morning, after saying a prayer and meditating on God’s Word, I believed God called me to write. The burden in my heart and my prayer right now is that all my loved ones and those people I know will grow in the grace and knowledge of God. May those who had taken Him for granted return to Him with repenting hearts and be reconciled again with our Lord . He is our Only Hope of the resurrection.
Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies..”
If our only hope is this life on earth, then we are desperately hopeless. But when we believe that there is eternal life in the Kingdom of God, then even death will be a celebration.
Good article, and good reflection on life, Gloria. We have heard lately on the news of many people who have died--shot, car crash, helicopter crash, war, etc. The first thing I think of is: Did they know Jesus? I am sure some of them did, but not all...It is a painful reflection on life to think that so many die without knowing Christ...Thanks for your story about this man who was a blessing to so many...Helen
Oh, Dear Gloria... I did not know about Larry's passing. I am so very sorry to hear this news because he will be so greatly missed! But, what a testimony he left behind for all of you! Yes, we rejoice in the gift of LIFE... both our life here on Earth and the blessings God has provided and the LIFE that is waiting for us in Heaven. BOTH are precious and we pray for all to come to know the ONE who can provide what we need, both here and in our 'real home'. God bless you, dear Gloria. Love, Peggy