The background midi is written by Andrian V. Miller of Canada, entitled “God is our refuge” provided by NEW HOPE MUSIC.
THE HOME BEYOND
” iF TEARS COULD BUILD A STAIRWAY AND MEMORIES A LANE
I’LL WALK RIGHT UP TO HEAVEN AND BRING ALL THE THREE OF YOU BACK HOME AGAIN.”
WE ARE SO SAD
WHEN THOSE WE LOVE
ARE CALLED TO LIVE
IN THAT HOME ABOVE
BUT WHY SHOULD WE GRIEVE
WHEN THEY SAY GOODBYE
AND THEY GO TO DWELL
IN A CLOUDLESS SKY
FOR THEY HAVE GONE
TO PREPARE THE WAY
AND WE WILL JOIN THEM AGAIN
SOME HAPPY DAY
From the pen of Helen Steiner Rice
BEYONG LIFE’S GATEWAY
There’s an open gate
At the end of the road
Through which each must go alone
And there in a light we cannot see
Our Father claims His own
Beyond the gate, your loved one
Find happiness and rest
That a loving God knows best.
A PRAYER (ST FRANCIS OF ASSISI)
O DIVINE MASTER
GRANT THAT I MAY NOT SO MUCH SEEK
TO BE CONSOLED AS TO CONSOLE;
TO BE UNDERSTOOD, AS TO UNDERSTAND
TO BE LOVED, AS TO LOVE;
FOR IT IS IN GIVING THAT WE RECEIVE,
IT IS IN PARDONING THAT WE ARE PARDON,
IT IS IN DYING THAT WE ARE BORN TO ETERNAL LIFE.
WHEN DEATH COMES
Death comes to us in may ways.Tragic especially in accidents, slowly especially in sickness and etc.The manner a person dies often leaves those left behind asking alot of questions with regards to afterlife issues.But all Christians should not be too sad because each and every member of our family, including ourselves will one day walk through that door that brings us to eternity with our Lord and saviour.If our children go through that door first, we know that they are in the safe hands of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.If our children goes first, you will not fear death because if death does come, its ok with you.Many people fear death because of sins in their life, or they don’t want their children to be left behind with no one to look after them.
We always blame ourselves for not doing this or that to prevent such sad happenings.People always ask all sort of questions saying that this should have been done etc. Well we must not try to escape death.Noone will escape death!To put all kinds of blame shows that we want to remain in this world.When death comes, we will not be able to prevent it.What is important is to ensure that we are saved in Christ Jesus and that heaven is our permanent home waiting for us.
We all know that death has been around since Adam and Eve fell. Therefore it is not something new at all. Our ignorance or denial will make it difficult to go through the passing of our beloved. In fact, we still have the last sorrow to pass by, that is the death of our spouses, if they go first. To ensure that we are able to cope with that, make full use of the time together. Don’t look elsewhere.
” I, even I, am He who comforts you.” (Isaiah 51:12a)
MESSAGES FROM FRIENDS DURING THE TRAGEDY
Dear Meechang and Rufina, Mutang and I are greatly shocked and saddened to hear about the children. We grieve with you.May God hold you close and dearly during this time. Emilia, Mdm Chong and Zakiah O are so sad today. Lun tau in Miri are all keeping your family in prayer. We all love you very much. Please let us know if there is any way we can be of help.(Muring/Mutang)
Dear Mr and Mrs Meechang….I heard of the tragic news and I just want to let you know that we (TCF Kuching) felt shock and grieve. we know we can never feel the depth and intensity of your pain and agony. We can only look to the God of all comfort. May His steadfast love and mercy help you all to endure this time of mourning . And we pray in due time, His wisdom and grace and compensations will fill you abundantly ( Luke 7: 23) CFong Kuching.
( my family had received more than Rm30,000.00 love gifts excluding materials donations/contributions- Yes God had compensated within hours of the tragedy)
Brother Meechang and Sister Rufina, no word can explain/express our sadness for what had happened and your grief. We’re with you in prayer and spirit. Be strong and keep your trust and faith in Jesus… Because of Jesus, there is comfort for sorrows.. and hope for the heart.. for His love is with you and will never depart..
( Mutang Paturan & Family)
” Rurum-rurum mu luk ngerawe nemu idi tetek rumahmu bang susa luk danak-danak. sembayang kai pad Tuhan luk amung-amung mare awang idi tuehNeh nemuyuh bang kareb nekini, repet idi anu inan Neneh petecu ngaceku Ieh luk ngimet ulun tau, serukedneh”.
( Lun Bawang luk tudo dei Kuching)
” God bless and keep you everywhere and hold you in His loving care.”
( Augustine, Richard and Suk Poh)
In time of loss, our hearts reach out to you in deepest sympathy. ( Teachers Christian Fellowship, Miri)
If only there were something that friends could say or do- some way they might express their thoughts and help to comfort you- and yet perhaps just knowing that there are those who care, will help, at least in some small way, to ease the loss you bear.”
( Your students- kuching)
May it comfort you to know that the one you love is home with Jesus, resting in His arms in everlasting peace. Remembering you and meechang and praying for you in this time of loss and grief.
( nellie and Andrew Mering, EPF Bintulu)
May the promise in the Scriptures be your hope today, your peace tomorrow, and your comfort always!”
Love and prayer. ( Anita and Ronny Duyok UUM Kedah)
Read in the news about the tragic happening. Though there’s little that friends can say or do, may the unspoken words of caring and the silent prayers that come from within the heart give you strength and peace.
( Margerita Murib, Kuching)
Although in time of sorrows there’s so little one can say, may the sympathy this brings you help to comfort you today. ( YB Michael Lisa )
When we received the news, all our church members cried. Our church service held special prayers for your family. ( Peter – Bintulu)
We heard the news and I have requested the whole SIB Churches to pray to God to bring confort to you and family. ( Rev. Gerawat Maran, President SIB Sarawak).
Meechang and Rufina, I am lost for words to say except the word of God which we can identify with during times of need,like this.Everyone who heard, we have shared with you, your grief by praying for you to uphold you that you will continue to be faithful and serve Him in your calling.Certainly people did not only pray for your family but the salvation of many who will come across your way, the old the young will be saved through Godly testimony.We love you and thank you for your undivided love and committment for the Lun Bawang community as a whole.People like you are rare to find.You are a provision from God for our people. Love and prayers, on behalf of KWPLBS, Mina B.
Thinking of you in the loss of your loved ones.Though there’s little that I can say or do, may the unspoken words of caring and the silent prayers that come from within the heart give you strength and peace.May God be with you always at these times of your sorrows. Love, Sheela and family.
Your time of sorrow is also my sorrow, knowing you all so well, mentioning you in prayer, words can hardly share, as tears uncontrol, but please trust in the Lord, saviour divine, He knows us so well, He won’t leave us. Jock and Family (Su)
THE RIVER OF LIFE
How many of us ever read about the RIVER OF LIFE?In the book of Revelation, everyone will come to the River of Life when our time comes..but for those of us who are still here on earth, our God let the River of Life flows through us/ or within us to comfort us and to wipe our sorrows.In the Gospel according to John Chapter 7:38, says
“whoever believes in Me, from within them will flow springs of Living Water.”
GOING HOME EARLY
If we can all go to heaven together, it would have been better…but when come to this, God is the one who will decide who to go first. God gives and God takes away. Even if death could tear us apart, our spirit lives on and God put them in a place where they will be untouchable by the evil spirits. There they will rest, waiting for us, one by one to return home to heaven. So in actual fact, our love ones, who die in the Lord, are with Him in heaven.
I come to realize that my love for my children is so strong that,my thoughts of them make me heaven-focus. It is like, we would always want to go home if members of our families are there. If there is no one at home, it is likely that our hearts would not be thinking of going home. Because 3 of my children are ealready in heaven, to reconcile with them is of utmost priority.
The Bible is full of stories of broken relationships, broken life and of course sinful lives. The great heroes of the Bible, were simple people who did things
were even worse than what we do, but when they changed, they did things far greater than any great men that live good lives did. The Israelites
were stiff-necked people, as mentioned by God over and over again, because they always forget God’s laws and they always broke them. Butcomfort to us.
ENLARGING THE GOOD THINGS IN LIFE
There are many good things in life that can bring comfort to us. Friendship will help us so we enrich our friendship with others. Rich friendship happens when we are willing to give than to receive. Bringing little things or inviting friends for a cup of tea or dinner will enhance relationship. Helping people even in little things build up trust and confidence. Those friends will help us to shoulder difficulties in life. We will need them one day. Good friends need not be invited to help. They would just come when we are in trouble. To enhance friendship, we make the first move, not others. Friendship can really help us through hard times.