Tuesday, 5 June 2012

Black Weekend

Hey guys, how's everyone doing? Sorry for the lack of posts, I promise to update as often as possible.

The atmosphere in Nigeria is filled with a spectrum of emotions, shock, horror, anguish, fury, fear...I do not even know where to begin. Calamity befell us last weekend...On saturday, our Allied cargo plane crashed in Ghana, on Sunday morning, Boko Haram bombed a church in Bauchi (bomb attacks have become the order of the day), and on Sunday afternoon, Dana plane crashed into a residential area in Lagos killing over 160 people.

I attended a wedding on Saturday, my friend Eky introduced me to a lady at our table, she was newly engaged, we all chatted, laughed and even took pictures but alas, she boarded the ill-fated flight the next day. So many people flew from Lagos to rejoice with the couple, some of them died on Sunday. We lost a family friend, we didn't even know this until we saw her picture on TV, a family of 9 died, my friends lost their friends, some lost their family members. I can only imagine what they are going through, the bitterness, the crippling emptiness...sigh! Death is one of the things we are least ready for, it is such a painful reality.

It goes without saying that life is finite and no clocks can tell our time. Robert Heinlein said "The supreme irony of life is that no one gets out of it alive." Therefore, we need to live in the now, savour every moment and not take our loved ones for granted. We also need to ask ourselves what we shall be remembered for when our lips are sealed in death, what are people going to utter? It's time to love hard, forgive, don't hate, be happy for others, stop whining, be grateful, do something thoughtful, console, support, inspire, give back, add value, make a difference, admit your mistakes, apologise, enjoy life, take that trip, eat, drink, dance, lighten up and above all stay close to God. "Don't put off till tomorrow what you can do today." You just never know.

I can only imagine what played out in their minds when they realised they were about to die. I pray their families find strength in God because he is the only ONE that can help them bear this loss and keep them sane. May their gentle souls and the souls of all the departed, through the mercy of God rest in perfect peace. Amen. 


1 comment

  1. What a tragedy!
    God bless the dearest of the departed with strength to overcome their loss! Amen.


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