Monday, October 01, 2012

Death Rate 100%

Here I am sitting with's 8:30 p.m. and he's finishing up some graphic work for Corban University's missions week that's coming up.  I make sure he is fed tacos...this evening they were tongue and cheek tacos (I'm not kidding).

I was saddened by the news of two deaths today...and if death can ever be considered timely, one of them definitely wasn't.  A girl by the name of Edith Palacios, from the Villa de las Flores church where friends Erik and Patty Morga minister, apparently fell and hit her head after the service.  She played keyboard for their praise band, and couldn't have been much more than 20 years old.  Now she's playing in another band.  Wow, so sudden!

Dr. Abel Morales, president of our mission's sister agency, FAM Internacional, also went to be with the Lord.  I really liked Abel, an intelligent, kind and dignified man committed to world missions.  He was, I'm guessing, probably around 80 years old.

Death comes for us all.  I remember the words of the late Phyllis Hill as she address a 5th and 6th grade class at Puebla Christian School, back in the day when Johann Bergin, Mark Jaquith, George Hernandez, Todd Hower and Christy O'Brien were occupying the seats. "Oh, my dear children, there are a lot worse things than dying."  Indeed.

Probably, if we really knew what waits for a child of God behind the veil, we couldn't wait to depart, and be in a far better place.  Good to be prepared, anytime.  The end of life certainly has a way of clarifying what is really important.

Quote of the Day: Who among us has personal knowledge of a seminar or course of study and practice being offered in a “Christian Education Program” on how to “love your enemies, bless those that curse you, do good to those that hate you, and pray for those who spit on you and make your life miserable”? (Matt. 5: 44). Much less, then, one on how to conduct our business or profession on behalf of Jesus Christ (Col. 3: 17, 23). The most common response by Christians in the “real” world to Christ’s teachings is, precisely, “Business is Business.” And we all know what that means.
Willard, Dallas. The Divine Conspiracy (p. 57).

1 comment:

Pastor Jon said...

Thanks for your words, Rod. They are timely and true. As a former student of Phyllis and Bernie (Uncle Bernie was principal for a while), I can also attest to the depth of their love for God and for us. Don Abel was also a great man, who was a living example of faith in God in all the roles Jesus laid out for him to play.