June 20th: I had a Skype chat with a Board Member of the ministry where I work. We were testing out the service before he spoke with the President and Chairman the next day. He told me of the horrible smoke in Singapore due to the fires in Indonesia. He mentioned he had had a doctor's appointment. They said he had a couple leaky valves, but nothing for which they'd risk surgery.
He chatted for quite a while, and I had to remind myself to relax and just enjoy the conversation without worrying about work. He and his wife had tickets to fly here in about three weeks, but I rarely would have one-on-one time with him.
July 15th: Our friend had to have a triple by-pass surgery, instead of being here for the Board meeting the 16th. We found out only several days beforehand. But surgery went very well.
July 17th: Some complications started in his lungs, but nothing too alarming.
10:25 AM— From a co-worker: "He came out of High Dependency ward today, but his heart went into fibrillation at 6pm and his pulse rate was very high. He was nauseous and was unable to eat and looked and felt unwell. He is back in the high dependency ward."
5:40 PM— From his wife: "He collapsed three minutes ago. Docs have resuscitated heart but he may not make it."
9:18 PM— From another friend: He's "with the Lord." "He didn't make it."
And minus that one breath and one heartbeat, he is gone forever as we know him.
"I will go to him, but he will not return to me."
25Jesus said to her, "I AM the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me will live even if he dies, 26and everyone who lives and believes in Me will never die. Do you believe this?"
Same old song, just a drop of water in an endless sea
All we do crumbles to the ground though we refuse to see
Dust in the wind
All we are is dust in the wind
Life is short. We know that! It's short for me, and it's way too short for those I love.
Am I living the way I want to be remembered? Not just at my memorial service, but if they should tell my story a hundred years from now? Is it all about me or is it of use in God's greater story?
I don't have a lot of time to invest.
Nor do you.
Goodbye, Mr. Hwang. I'll look forward to seeing you at Home. Soon.