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Topic: Leadership (03/14/05)
- TITLE: IN LOVING MEMORY
By Gloria Laroza T.
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“He only has three months to live. Lung cancer that spread to his liver.”
The news stunned his loved ones, so they never told him about the sad news hoping to spare him of the grief. But somehow, because of his lingering pain, he knew that those were his last days, especially when his family summoned their family Pastor.
“Do you know where you’re going when you die?” The Pastor was direct but concerned.
“No, I don’t.” Right then, he uttered the “Sinner’s Prayer” for the first and the last time.
Pastor asked the same question when he visited him the second time, “Do you know where you’re going now?”
“Of course I do now!” He answered without any hesitation as he gasped his breath.
His face was calm and I can read “peace that passeth all understanding” written all over him. He came to know Jesus Christ few days before he said his last goodbye. He called his wife and each of his children and asked them to forgive him of whatever shortcomings he had caused them. I touched his callous hands and furrowed brows. If only I could touch his heart – I would.
A day after Father’s Day - June 1997, my father passed away leaving us a legacy of his love. My eulogy summed up my deepest sentiments, “what he sowed was what he reaped.”
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