By Emeka Chiaghanam
CHRISTIANS have been urged to live a life that exemplifies Christ. Such life reveals God’s purpose of creation.
Life is transient, vanishes like a vapour. Human life isn’t overwhelmingly gauged by duration but measured by a relational disposition towards God and fellow humans and this determines where to spend eternity or otherwise.
The Vicar in Charge, St. Luke Anglican Church, Obosi, Idemili North, Local Government Area, Anambra State, Revd. Daniel Ukaegbu stated this at the funeral service for the late Ma Edna Ngozi Okoye at Okoye’s family compound, Uruowulu-village Obosi.
In his homily titled, ‘You’ll be Remembered by Your Deed’ Rev Ukaegbu enjoined Christians to strive to work out their salvation with fear and trembling, declaring a heartfelt love for God and love for neighbours as oneself guarantees that.
“Two things will determine how you will be remembered in your earthly sojourn, more than any other ordinance, it’s your heartbeat for God and the love for your neighbours as yourself?”
He admonished Christians to work out their salvation with fear and trembling by mending their ways before God because it’s appointed unto humans to die once and after that is judgement.
In an emotion-laden tone, Uche Okoye said his mother’s death was an irreparable loss, but that death is irreversible but took solace in the legacies she left behind.
“My late mother was more than mother to me. She was very dear to him. She aided me in my ascent in my career. Her death left a big gap in my life.”
”I will miss her dearly. She was such an industrious woman and not easily influenced by people. A devoted Christian who channelled her energy and resources into serving God. She fought valiantly in advancing God’s kingdom. I would love my siblings to emulate her industriousness and zeal in serving God.
Daughter of the deceased, Ngozi Uzochukwu nee Okoye, said her mother will be greatly missed for her motherly role and accommodating gesture to others. The virtue of honesty, hard work and charity is something she imbibed from a mother whose vacuum will be difficult to fill by anyone.
Ogechukwu Okoye, paid a glowing tribute to the woman she called a mother rather than a mother-in-law stating that their close-knit relationship helped forge a worthwhile mother and daughter relationship. ” I can’t find words to describe her death, what a wonderful woman she was,” she said.