was given the opportunity of closing the watch night cross over service heralding 2014 at a Church in Antioch, TN. My comments were two:
- The first was a request to God. I observe that the small congregation were all born-again Christians. We by now, all have recognized, known and appreciate His awesome power. So I encouraged the small congregation to pray that we should not be afflicted by any trouble. We do not want to learn anything through sickness, distress or affliction that would warrant us to pray at any time in the year "Father may we learn what you would want us learn from this affliction"
- Secondly I told the congregation to plan to live and continue all they were doing for the expansion of the Kingdom of God on earth, taking a cue from Paul, the apostle who said for him to die was gain but to live is Christ.
Of course going by the account of the Bible, we are convinced that heaven is the choicest place to desire to live and we have been made qualified by our confession of faith in the Lord Jesus Christ to live there after we exit this world. Because heaven is a place we would be eternally; life without end there is no hurry to depart this world, particularly that we are being used of God. My wife listened with rapt attention as I made those statements.
So, if in January or March 2014, someone had told me that by the 2nd week in May, she will not go the rest of the life journey with me, I will laugh at such a fellow and ask him if he was hallucinating.
Reasons; 1. She had no ailment that posed any threat to her existence. 2. I can't remember anything that has happened to me that the Holy Spirit had not revealed to me one way or the other in clear terms-Refer my book "Hearing from God"
Now, I am reflecting on a dream I had sometimes either in 1996 or 1997 and I am pondering on its relevance to this incidence.
Her birth month is February. At the end of the Church Service on Sunday March 2, we drove straight to her favourite Chinese restaurant in Antioch, TN for her birthday dinner. By Sunday May 11 2014, on the very mother's day, I watched her breath her last at 8.23pm as she slips to the world beyond.
- End to life journey on earth may give no warning. No one can postpone or deal with levity, his or her securing a place in heaven.
- Couples must learn to deal with each other with great passion and sympathy in all ways so that at a sudden departure of one party, the living partner can assess the time spent together and give himself or herself a pass mark.
Victoria Oluranti Aweda (nee Adebiyi)-age 59. Good night.
"Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints" (Psalm 116:15).
(To be continued)