“If I think more about death than some other people, it is probably because I love life more than they do.” -Angelina Jolie (American Actress, b.1975)
There are two fixed points in our lives: birth and death. Death is specially unbendable. One astute writer used these words to describe what we’ve all felt…”This frustrates us, especially in a time of scientific breakthrough and exploding knowledge, that we should be able to break out of earth’s environment and yet be stopped cold by death’s unyielding mystery. An electroencephalogram may replace a mirror held before the mouth, autopsies may become more sophisticated, cosmetic embalming may take the place of pennies on the eyelids and canvas shrouds, but death continues to confront us with its black wall. Everything changes; death is changeless.
We may postpone it, we may tame its violence, but death is still there waiting for us. Death always waits. The door of the hearse is never closed.
President, farmer and sales executive live in death’s shadow, with Nobel prize winner and prostitute, mother, infant, teen, and old man. The hearse stands waiting for the surgeon who transplants a heart as well as the hopeful recipient, for the funeral director as well as the corpse he manipulates. Death spares none.”
You and I are going to die. There is no escaping it. Each of us will have our own turn to sit in that ‘unseen’ death row. Life is short and very uncertain. We cannot know what the future will bring.
As I watched in boob tube yesterday those final moments of the late President Cory Aquino, my heart was filled with inexpressible sorrow. And for you I dedicate this poem…
Cancer is limited…
It cannot cripple love,
It cannot corrode faith,
It cannot eat away peace,
It cannot destroy confidence,
It cannot kill a friendship,
It cannot shut out memories,
It cannot silence courage,
It cannot invade the soul,
It cannot reduce eternal life,
It cannot quench the spirit,
It cannot lessen the power of resurrection.
-Nick Harrison, promises To keep
My mom too, died in 2003 due to complication of cancer. That’s why I can empathize with her daughter’s speech. Rich and ordinary mothers both faced death in their prime, and death spared no one.
The hearse stands waiting…
Are you ready?
THE LIGHTER SIDE: Ask most people about dying and you get amazing answers, especially from children:
God doesn’t tell you when you’re going to die because He wants it to be a big surprise. -Allan , age 7
I’m not afraid to die because I’m a boy scout! -Ralph, age 10
Doctors help you so you won’t die until you pay all your bills.-Steph, age 9
When birds are ready to die they just fly to heaven. -Aaron, age 8
God be Praised!