It was another lunch time on a Wednesday, two days after my birthday when I received a text message from my niece saying that my older brother just died. At that time, I didn’t know what to say. I became numb and wasn’t able to finish the food I was eating.
I hurriedly switched off my computer and went straight home. While on my way home, I realized he’s gone too soon. So soon that he will never get the chance to see his two sons grow up and finish their schooling. I also realized that we were not given the chance to really be that close to each other.
My brother and I grew up in totally different directions in life. I was the typical school-home boring-type school boy while he was the adventurous type and a regular visitor at the principal’s office. Because we went to the same school and everybody knew that we were brothers, I would often get a dose of teasing from my classmates and that was when I started harboring hatred on him.
Years passed by and the Lord found me. The time I surrendered my life to the Lord was also the time I forgave my brother. Since then, he has always been included in my prayers.
Then came the 8th of June, 2016. My brother died in his sleep. Many say it was a sweet way to go but for us left behind who were not given the chance to afford him our last show of affection and tell him that we love him, NO. It was not.
My family and I were in a complete shock! And until now, there is still this pain inside. But, the Lord is good. And we hold on to His Word in Psalm 30:5 that says “Weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.” I may have lost my brother but one day, we’ll be together in paradise because the One who promised is faithful.
I’d like to encourage those reading this who are in the same situation that God feels your pain and the heaviness of your heart. But He will never leave you nor forsake you. He has you in the palm of His hands. He’s saying “everything is going to be alright.”
By CJ Jacinto