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Monday Musings 26/03/12

Dealing with death…

Death is a reality everywhere in the world, but it seems especially prevalent here in Africa.

Last week, we were privileged to have a prominent Zambian church leader as one of our seminar speakers.  In the days leading up to the seminar, he alerted me that his church was facing a series of funerals that may impact his presence with us.  After making the decision to join us in spite of the flurry of funerals, he arrived in Kitwe, and informed me that he would not be able to join us in Kabwe as a close family member had passed away.  Fortunately, we were able to videotape his session in Kitwe and show it the next day in his absence.

During our seminar in Kabwe, I got word that one of our pastor’s in Lusaka had passed away very suddenly.  He had attended our previous seminar and was registered for our Friday seminar in Lusaka.  As a result of Pastor Kabwe’s untimely passing, we postponed the RTC seminar until the end of April and attended his funeral instead.  The pictures in my blog give you a little idea of the hundreds who jammed that village church for the funeral.

I must say that I have experienced my share of death during my lifetime, but never have I been so surrounded by the ever present reality of loss.  Most of us live like death is a long way off.  In Africa, death is as almost as common as eating and sleeping itself.

It is my prayer that those who read this blog will enjoy long life, but may it also be a reminder of just how precious life is.  Don’t take life for granted.  Those of us who are surrounded by death on a daily basis are reminded of just how fragile life can be.  My advice, enjoy life today and prepare like there is no tomorrow!

Until next Monday…

Don

Taking risks for Kingdom impact!

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