On July 1st 2007, I lost my friend Abdi to Leukemia. He was a great friend, a lovely human being and I miss him dearly.
I wrote this note, over 2 years ago on Monday, Jul 2, 2007, on Facebook. I wanted to re-post it here on my site.
This afternoon, I got an email informing me that my friend Abdi, who has been fighting Leukemia for nearly 2 years, lost that battle yesterday.
I was overwhelmed with sorrow and despair and sadness and was compelled to do/say something to let everyone who I know and especially those who I truly care about, how much they mean to me.
Irrespective of how long I have known you, the Lord brought each and everyone one of you into my life for a specific reason. With some of you, He has graciously revealed to me what your role in my life is and the other way around. With others, only time will tell.
I know that there have been times where I may have disagreed with you or said something hurtful or unkind or even acted in a way that is unbecoming. Though I cannot recall all such times, I do apologize. In fact, if I have offended you in word or in deed, please let me know, that I may seek your forgiveness in person.
It’s been a while since I started my walk with the Lord and I can honestly tell you that I haven’t covered much ground. I still fail miserably and have a long way to go. My prayer is that the Lord will continue to lift me up and through His Holy Spirit, work in my heart. I know that Jeremiah 17:9, which says “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?” holds very true for me. Only He can do the impossible.
To all whom I know, be it my family, be it my friends, my brothers and sisters in Christ or those whom I may have come across, my prayer is that the Lord will teach me, show me and empower me to love you and serve you always, in my words, thoughts or deeds, just as He loves you and served you by dying on the cross.
May the Lord grant us boldness to be truthful and faithful to one another at all times, but also grant us the love and mercy and kindness to be like Him in our dealing with each other.
Let’s not wait till it’s too late to make the “choice” today, now, to be more like Him. If we are willing, God is able. The Lord continues to remind me how far I am from being more like Him. As I myself strive earnestly to draw nearer to Him, not in my own strength, but in His strength through prayer, fellowship and the study of His Word, I pray that the Holy Spirit will also work in your lives, that we may all love the Lord our God with all our heart, and with all our soul, and with all our mind (Matthew 22:37) and love one another, even as He has loved us, that we also love one another (John 13:34).
“Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy, To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen” – Jude 1:24-25
God bless you all.Thank Sri with a coffee 🙂