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Often in life, the reality of death is something we barely think off; and when we do, we either perceive it as something for tomorrow or something that happens to others. Death feels so far from us but the reality is, it is so near to us. It is not only for the old but also for the middle aged and young. The suddenness of death for a moment puts things into perspective, where we are given the opportunity to consider our priorities and purpose in life. For some, they make a conscious decision to live life to the fullest, stepping out in boldness to do all the things they never did. This is often an attempt to gain much pleasure from life, as they say; “you only have one life to live”. On the other hand, others see far beyond this life, perceiving their eternal destination (Heaven or Hell) and reflecting on the life they have lived.

As Christians, we know that this world is not our permanent home, since we now belong to a new Kingdom and are citizens of that Kingdom through Christ (Heaven) (Philippians 3:20). We also know that this life is only a shadow of the reality that is unveiled after death. Therefore, though we may grieve the loss of a loved one; though they may have died in severe pain, we know that there is a life beyond this where death and everything related to it is crushed. In that place there is no pain, no suffering, no evil, just God dwelling with man. For those grieving the loss of a loved one, be comforted by this truth; that in Christ, though they die, they will yet live again for eternity.

John 4:2-3 “In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also” (New King James Version).

As the Lord has promised, it is our faith that you are in a far better place with Him now. You were only in this world for sixteen years and it was an honour to share the Gospel with you. Rest in peace Yvonne A.


Chris Eke