I”LL RISE UP

Hello everyone, it’s been a month since I last posted & I want to quickly say a big THANK YOU to those that showed a lot of concern by reaching out to me to find out what happened & why I had stopped for this long.

I got calls from far & near, from Australia to the UK, US & of course from my home country Nigeria. It’s comforting to know that in my little corner some form of impact is being made out there.

For those that don’t know my wife & I lost someone so dear to us on Easter Monday April 22, 2019 in a very personal, shocking & traumatic way, but we’ve totally submitted to the will of God our Father who knows the end from the beginning & has our best interest at heart.

We are comforted in the fact that our friend is resting with God & that comfort is what holds the family & friends together as we push on to run our races & hope to end well.

I also want to thank those that tried to encourage me to get back as quickly as possible considering that I’ll be letting down the number of people that read my blog.

We all have our various ways of grieving & mine was to shutdown & deeply think replaying the events over & over again to try & find a logical explanation & to seek for closure.

That process didn’t climax until last night when the phrase I’ll rise up came through my mind with an Andra Day song titled “Rise Up“.

The lyrics were powerful to me:

You’re broken down and tired
Of living life on a merry-go-round
And you can’t find the fighter
But I see it in you so we gonna walk it out
And move mountains
We gonna walk it out
And move mountains
And I’ll rise up
I’ll rise like the day
I’ll rise up
I’ll rise unafraid
I’ll rise up
And I’ll do it a thousand times again
And I’ll rise up
High like the waves
I’ll rise up
In spite of the ache
I’ll rise up
And I’ll do it a thousands times again
For you When the silence isn’t quiet
And it feels like it’s getting hard to breathe
And I know you feel like dying
But I promise we’ll take the world to its feet
And move mountains
We gonna walk it out
And move mountains
And I’ll rise up
I’ll rise like the day
I’ll rise up
I’ll rise unafraid
I’ll rise up
And I’ll do it a thousand times again
For you All we need, all we need is hope
And for that we have each other
And for that we have each other
We will rise
We will rise
We’ll rise, ohh ohhh
We’ll rise
I’ll rise up
Rise like the day
I’ll rise up
In spite of the ache
I will rise a thousands times again
And we’ll rise up
Rise like the waves
We’ll rise up
In spite of the ache
We’ll rise up
And we’ll do it a thousands times again
For you ohhhh ohhh ohh ohhh ohh (3X)

A few things became more real to me from this experience in the past month:

  1. All man must die. We all have an appointment with Death!! Yes we pray for long life & all that but as Born-Again Believers we are not afraid of death as it’s a horse we ride to switch to the other side. We shut our eyes here & open it in the bosom of our Lord & Saviour. All I can say to it is “NOT TODAY!!!
  2. Life is a vapour: On this side of eternity, our life is transient so make the best of it. Love fully, hug tightly, impact forcefully, live freely & ensure you leave here empty with no regrets.
  3. Leave a Legacy: Stamp your print in the sands of time. No matter how small or large it is, just reach out & touch lives. Let people think of you fondly when you are gone, not for them to say good riddance.

I know my friend will not want me to just shut down forever, so I’ll rise up & continue to do what I know best to do………….

This is my snippet…….. I AM SHALOMESQ

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