Blessed are those who died!

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By Mike Del Rosario

My Dearest...

Friday, December 6, 2013

THIS Wednesday, Angie and I visited our wedding godparent, Tito Noli Bernardo, an architect by profession. He and his late wife, Tita Bertie, have been very close family friends of my in-laws, for the longest time. Angie spent many childhood summers with their children in Subic, Zambales.

While still quite active in his design and construction company, he has turned over the reins of his business to one of his sons, who in his late 40’s is already a grandfather. That makes my Tito Noli, a great-grandfather, a very happy and proud one at that.

He shared his secret to his great disposition: He is prepared! Prepared for what? Prepared to face the Lord!

Thus, he said the people who were prepared and died from Typhoon Yolanda are blessed! (Along with all who died or will die prepared) They are resting in the bosom of God, and are in the presence of our Blessed Mother. Oh what peace they enjoy! Yes, “Resting In Peace”, is their new state of life, free from all the unceasing cares and concerns of this world.

He said that while most people say that those who survived Yolanda have been blessed, and have a lot to be thankful for, he had something to add: The “poor” who lost everything but survived, are better off than the “rich” who lost everything, too. Why?

Imagine how many “rich” people would complain when the water heater does not work, when the food served is not up to their expectations, when they are not served quickly in a restaurant, or when the shirt they bought has a little stain in the inside of the pocket. Picture them without water, having to line up for sardines and packed noodles, or relief clothes! Who is more uncomfortable? Who has to humble himself more?

Ecclesiastes 5:12 says “People who work hard sleep well, whether they eat little or much. But the rich are always worrying and seldom get a good night's sleep.” Some of the rich even have debts they may have to settle even after the calamity. Of course, we would presume that many kindhearted creditors would be lenient and considerate.
In either case, blessed are those who died prepared.

My Dearest Family,

There are many things we have to prepare for.

Of primary importance is our spiritual preparedness. Secondly, a proper turnover of earthly possessions and the knowledge that we have raised up our children well would give us added peace of mind. Of course, what they do with their lives, and how they decide in the face of challenging circumstances will no longer be within our control.

The key to having no regrets on our deathbed is simply this, that we have given our best in everything!

Blessed are we if we die prepared to face God.

May life find us preparing, so that death will find us prepared.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on December 07, 2013.


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