In Death, There Is Life (Part 7).

by Patrick Liew on August 23, 2012

‘Gather ye – rose buds while ye may;
Old Time is still a – flying;
And this same flower that smiles today,
Tomorrow will be dying.’
                                               – Robert Herrick
It has become a morning ritual for me to go through the obituary column in the newspaper. My heart goes out to the bereaved families and to the dead.

I try very hard to go to funeral wakes so as to comfort my friends and the people who are mourning for the departed.

I want to laugh when my friends laugh but I believe they need me most when they are crying. I want to cry with them.

Many people do not want to think or talk about death. Some believe it will bring about a bad omen.

I humbly beg to differ. I believe if I don’t understand death, I will not understand life.

I must be willing to face death (and what happen thereafter) to be able to live a better life.

When I go through the obituaries, it has a sobering effect on me. It reminds me about the value of life and to treat my life with more care.

It jolts me to live life at its best and to give of my best to the world around me.

I do not ever want to take life for granted. If our Creator gives me one more minute to live, I must be grateful for and to treasure it.

As they say, I want to live every day as if it is the last day of my life. I want to do what I have to do with a sense of urgency and to make full use of it.

When I come face to face with death; just like my previous near-death experiences, the story of my life would be flashed across my mind. When that happens again, I pray that I would be able to enjoy the mental movie.

Death to me is just another door to exit from this life and to gain entry into a much better one. Because of that, it does not strike fear and terror in me anymore.

Because our Creator has already conquered death, I want to make full use of its reality. I want to learn from it and to use it to transform my life.

I pray that when it is my turn to go, I would have done all the necessary preparation. My loved ones would be well taken care of.

When the time comes for me to die, the time for death will then be for death alone. I pray that I will have no regrets.

I have carried out the plan of our Creator and lived the way He wanted me to live. I look forward to meeting Him.

When I see our Creator face to face, I pray that I can proudly give Him a full account of my life. I hope He is happy with me.

I wish to say to Him, “I have lived my life for, with, and through You. Whatever I have done is nothing compared to what you have done for me.

“I have been obedient to live my life for You and for Your Glory.”

My wish is for my relatives and friends to know I have endeavored to live my life not on a win-win basis. I just want them to win and that is good enough for me.

I want them to know I already have a place with our Creator in heaven. It is a much better place – with no tears, no pain nor sorrow.

They should celebrate my death and be happy for me.

My funeral will be one happy FUNtastic party. It will be a time of celebration because of my promotion to enjoy the best lifestyle – forever and ever.

I look forward to welcoming the people who have crossed my path on planet Earth. Together with our Creator, we will have the Rock! throughout eternity.

Life should be seen from the perspective of eternity.

I hope this message will find a place in your heart.

By the way, I have also recorded other reflections.

Visit my Inspiration blog at

For my opinions on current affairs, please visit my Transformation blog at

Please read them and continue to teach me.

Life is FUNtastic!


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