October 17, 2012
Dear sister Lydia and family,
We are saddened by your great loss. You are all in our prayers and may our Great God give you the strength to accept His divine will for brother Tony.
For He said: For the living know that they will die, but the dead know nothing.
Also their love , their hatred and their envy have now perished.
Never more will they have a share in anything done under the sun.
( Eccl. 9:5-6)
We who are still living under the sun, should remember God's wisdom which King
Solomon said: To everything , there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven.
A time to be born and a time to die.
A time to plant and to pluck out what is planted
A time to kill and a time to heal
A time to break down and a time to build up
A time to weep and a time to laugh
A time to mourn and a time to dance
A time to cast away stones and a time to gather stones
A time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing
A time to gain and a time to lose
.A time to keep and a time to throw away
A time to tear and a time to sew
A time to keep silence and a time to speak
A time to love and a time to hate
A time of war and a time of peace
( Eccl. 3:1 -8)
Today is a time of loss. A time of losing to this earth a very special brother and a true friend to many . But tomorrow is a time to gain. Brother Tony is only sleeping and he will wake up on the second coming of our Lord and savior, Jesus Christ. His temporal rest will add more inspiration to all of us who are in the true service to God- to finish also our course, our race of faith until the end. Because Apostle Paul said:
I have fought a good fight . I have finished the race. I have kept the faith. Finally there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness which the Lord , the righteous judge will give to me on that day and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing. (II Tim. 4:7-8)
Yes, It is time to mourn, weep and contemplate . But may the words of God always comfort and ease all the pains of letting someone dear to all of us to rest in peace and state of blessedness.
“ For if we believe thatJesus died and rise again even so, God will bring with Him those who sleep in Jesus.” ( I Thess. 4:14)
Life is short and fragile. It has no guarantee.
It is like a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away. Let us be wise.
Let us do good by remembering and obeying the voice of our God. Love Him with all our
hearts , all our mind and all our soul .Let us serve Him sincerely while it is day because
night is coming when no one can work anymore. Let us love one another not only in words but more in deeds because we will pass this way but once . For God said:
For dust you are and to dust you shall return.
But there is a promise to those who die in the true service of the Lord:
“Here is the patience of the saints. here are those who keep the commandments of God
and the faith of lesus.Then I heard a voice from heaven saying to me, write, blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on, Yes says the Spirit that they may rest from their labors and their works follow them ( Rev. 14:12-13)
Our brother Tony now rested from all pains and hardship in this life. We are going to
miss him in the flesh but his memories will linger in our hearts until the end of our life.
Again, our deepest condolence.
Love and prayers,
Brother Roger , Sister Flor , Florgel and Mark Valdez – Boston Local, NESB