The True Meaning of Life
“For the saved, death ushers us into the presence of Christ. “To be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord” (2 Corinthians 5:8; Philippians 1:23). So real is the promise of the believer’s resurrection, that the physical death of a Christian is called “sleep” (1 Corinthians 15:51; 1 Thessalonians 5:10). We look forward to that time when “there shall be no more death” (Revelation 21:4).”
Last February 15, 2007, I visited the wake of Brother Ed, the friend I met during Eva’s treatment. Yes, I wrote about Brother Ed in my previous story entitled “The Sure Hand of God”. Brother Ed passed away last February 12, 2007 at around 8:20pm due to colon cancer. He was 47.
The mood at Brother’s Ed wake was a bit different. As I enter the chapel, the atmosphere was so light and cool. Brother’s Ed relatives, friends and children were all there like one big happy family. Brother Ed’s older brother Dexter and Dexter’s wife Emma welcomed me as I arrived. I sat in one of the benches there, beside me is another good friend of mine Dr. Boy Medel.
Dexter related to me the last moments of Brother Ed. February 11 (Sunday), Brother Ed went into a comma due to Low Blood Sugar (Hypoglycemia). This is primarily because Brother Ed is barely taking in any food. He was rushed to a hospital and was given some medication which bring his conciousness back.
Then he was transferred to another hospital and had a relapse and was again given the same medication. At the hospital, Brother Ed told Dexter that he wanted to go home and had asked them not to give him anymore medicine if in case he will have another relapse. Brother Ed said that he’s body is already tired and he wanted to go. Words that put Dexter in a predicament – after all, letting go is not an easy task. Dexter consulted Dr. Medel about Brother Ed’s request and they arrived to a conclusion that they will take him home the next day.
A little over lunch of February 12, 2007, Brother Ed was already home. Dexter said Brother Ed was in a very cheerful mood. He requested that his favorite song be played and he wanted everyone around him to sing the song. He sang the song and even managed to move his body as if he’s dancing and following to the music beat. Brother Ed was also able to talk and meet all his children (Seven all in all), perhaps to tell them how much he love them all.
Dexter also told me that Brother Ed was able to say his apologies to all those he wronged before. He was able to put everything in place as well like his last will and testament. In other words, not only did the Lord gave Brother Ed the time to prepare the things he needed to be prepared, but the Lord also gave Brother Ed the time to experience the love, grace, blessing and mercy of our Dear Lord and Savior.
Later in the afternoon, Brother Ed called his Brother Dexter and said he was looking for Jesus Christ – his Savior, for the room was full of evil spirits. Dexter went to get his Bible and the Holy Rosary and prayed with Brother Ed. Brother Ed also asked for his own rosary and followed the prayers of Dexter and Emma. While these things are happening, Brother Ed was commanding all evil spirits to leave him for he said he is waiting for our Lord Jesus Christ.
Minutes past, Brother Ed calmed down and told Dexter that all the spirits in his room left except one. Dexter asked Brother Ed where the lone spirit is. Brother Ed told Dexter that the spirit is right beside Dexter and it’s a good spirit. After uttering those words, Brother Ed went home to our Lord Jesus Christ. Maybe, just maybe, the good spirit Brother Ed saw was his angel, came down to Earth to bring him back home to our Fathers kingdom.
At the wake, while Dexter and Emma was relating to me all these, I can sense that Brother Ed has brought peace and love within his love ones. You can really sense the love around the chapel. Everyone was saying that despite what Brother Ed went through, they consider him blessed. And I couldn’t agree less, indeed Brother Ed was so blessed for he was able to experience the Lord’s love.
Brother Ed was able to receive the Lord’s love and promise. That all we need to do is to love and accept Him as our Lord and Savior and we will join Him in Paradise. A blessing that is offered to everyone, sadly not everyone accepts this blessing and promise from God.
Death is something that is surely to come to everyone. How and when is the only variable in this definite part of life. Some die in their sleep, some in accidents and some due to sickness. Death can come so fast that some can’t even say goodbye to their love ones – more so to accept the Lord in their life.
As my angel Eva said before: “After life, no amount of prayers can save you”. So the next question is: since the love and promise of the Lord is there for us to take, why are we not taking it? What are we waiting for? Wat do we got to lose by loving our Lord. NOTHING. We have nothing to lose and everything to gain. I have been there before, so I know how it feels, I know the difference between a life with God inside you and a life with no God at all.
Thank you again Brother Ed for the friendship. Not only was I able to gain a friend but also a family, a family that loves Brother Ed so much. And to all my readers who have not accepted the Lord as their Savior, this is my message: Do not wait for the same experience Brother Ed went through, you may not be able to handle it, more so you may not even have the same opportunity as what is given to Brother Ed. Receive the Lord now and accept him as your only Savior. I am giving you my word – you will not regret it.