Death always seems to be a morbid subject to talk about. No one likes to talk about this issue not till we are near deathbed. So, as Christian are we prepared to die or shall I say to leave this world?

I was once asked by Rev Khoo at the church car park. He asked me what if Jesus ask that I go with him right now. I had to confess I was taken aback and did not reply him immediately.

I hesitated. Am I ready to die? It’s so sudden! Although we know we will meet Jesus, how many of us are truly ready to prepare or to face death? Are you?

Life on earth could be a short one. We do not know when our time is up even though we know our days are numbered.

Very often we are saddened to see our beloved friends or love ones pass on in life, as if they left so sudden. It is only at the funeral wake service, we learn or are reminded that there is much more in life after death.

We should take comfort that Jesus left us many years ago and prepared a place for all of us – a place to be with him.

“I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you to myself; that where I am, there you may be also” (John 14:3)

Most of us appreciate the wealth of opportunities we get in this process to have so many people crossing path with us, participating in our activities, enjoying the happiness, and sharing the companionship as we walk through life. Yet, these are also the same people who bring us anger, frustration, ill-intended remarks, and sometimes make us sad.

Whatever it is, if we understand that these are all part and parcel of coming into this world, we have no control over, that we have to go through.

Yes, to those with whom we have developed passion, love or a sense of mutual respect, we will be sadden by their passing. And they will feel the same when it is our turn.

There is nothing to be worried or scared about. All we have to do is to get on what we want to do, enjoy every minute and be thankful that we have lived another day and make sure that our being in this world do make a difference in whatever we believe in.

The proportion of Singaporeans aged 65 and above rises to 14.4 per cent, from 13.7 per cent in 2016. (ST Report dated 28 Sep 2017). We must all accept ‘death’ and more importantly be prepared that there is life after. It is sad to learn or hear about the afterlife only at funeral wake service.

Are we doing enough, too little or too late to reach out and give the assurance to this growing ageing population?

I know I sound pessimistic thinking about my death. So, do all the things you wish to do and not regret for not doing; thank the good Lord that each day is a gift from God as if you only have today to live.

More importantly, do not forget your mission on earth.

When you think of this, you have no heart to argue, fight or win over something – does it matter, is it worth it…so, live in peace and especially with the Lord. Let us do our best to live a life with no regrets. Look forward to the next chapter of our life, when we leave this earth and return to our heavenly home.

Take each day as if it is your last.

by Edmund Wan

31 Anchorvale Road, Singapore 545056