Alex was many things to many, a son, a brother, a friend, a colleague, and to some others just another person that they knew but whatever he may have been to any of us, what I do know is that he was a God-loving person who tried to live his life for Him. A death in the family leaves a void that cannot be filled because no one can ever take the place of who we have lost. My mind doesn’t completely understand that one minute he was here and now he is gone but this is a reality that I must come to sit with.
I have tried to hold it in, sometimes I succeed in holding back my tears, other times my pain is too poignant for me not to shed a tear for the one I will never get to see on this earth again. He left too quick and none of us was ready, truth is I don’t think had he lived a little longer, I still would have been ready. Alex wasn’t the type of person you ever can forget once you have known him, but sadly he is no longer here with us again today. I am sad we didn’t spend more time before he left, I still had so many things to do with him, things I cannot even begin to list because they are endless.
A thousand times I needed him and a thousand times he was always there. We had our times as friends, a time we laughed, a time we quarreled but in the end, our love and bond as a family always triumphed. If love alone could have save him, I know he would have still been here because when he stopped breathing, a heart of gold and kindness ceased to beat and his ever merry eyes closed to rest. We would all agree that God broke our hearts to prove he only takes the best and while time may dull the ache and pain, a day won’t go by that Alex’s cherished memories won’t always be in my heart and soul.
Alex was so selfless he wouldn’t want us to mourn him forever and be sad because of him. He is the type that would have told me if he was here, I know losing me is hard to bear but hold onto the memories of me that we had. I know 23 was a time too soon to leave but I had to answer the maker’s call, be comforted that the years will pass and the pain will reduce and someday we will meet again in the clouds and gathering of saints.
For the big question of why him that has been on most of our lips, he would have answered, I don’t want you to feel so much pain because there’s really no one to blame. I don’t want you to let my death make you lose your faith in God. Don’t cry for me because I will be okay as Heaven is my home now and this is where we will meet again. Even now, I can hear his voice asking us to stop crying because our pain saddens him. Telling us that as we sit and pray, he will always be there with us and when our time comes, and we go through the gates of heaven, he will be there to greet us.
It is not an easy thing he asks of us but the book of 2nd Corinthians chapter 1, 1-5 reads along the lines that “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God. For just as the sufferings of Christ overflow to us, so also through Christ our comfort overflows. Therefore, because we are comforted by the love of God, when we are all missing him so, all we have to do is try and think about the happy times we had with him and then he will know we tried.
We loved you but God loves you more and we are rest assured that you lived a godly life and the many times you challenged us to be better individuals would help us all get through this till we all meet in the bosom of our Lord, to meet to part no more.
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