There are some moments in your life that are impossible to erase.
-Elizabeth Leroy (Though None Go With Me)
I... don't... even... know... how... to... begin. At this very moment, I am stunned that what has happened actually took place. Before I came to Christ, I knew, what used to be a young boy only two years older than me. Our parents were friends and one several occasions, we used to play at the park together. After my family came to Christ, we kind of just drifted and never spoke again.
Can you imagine the shock I felt as I read the Daily News on December 12 only to find out that that old friend, Damell, passed away after drowning in a pool on December 8? I don't remember everything about him. I do remember an old photo I had floating somewhere of us together at a park and will always treasure the childhood memories I still have. I do remember him to be very thoughtful, quiet, respectful and kind.
This moment I realize how very precious life is. I know that at any time, I can meet my Maker. If something did happen to me, would I be ready to face God Almighty?
The Bible warns us in Matthew 25:13,
Therefore keep watch, because you do not know the day or the hour.
That old friend did not know the day or the hour. I can only pray that before his premature death, he received Jesus into his heart. I can only pray that his family will surrender their pain and anger at the foot of the cross and accept Jesus' help and comfort. Please keep Damien (the father) in your prayers as Damell was his only son and child.
Friends, are you ready? Keep watch over your spiritual life so that in the dreadful event that you should pass away, you will meet your Maker and live with Him in heaven forever.
January 4, 1995 - December 8, 2012