Alpha and Omega
Alpha and Omega,
Birth and Death,
the welcoming of life and the welcoming of the after-life.
Have you ever wondered why, when it comes to giving birth, we have almost a total of nine months to be prepared; but when it comes to death, no one can ever be prepared for the wrath of it, unless one deliberately puts an end to his own life.
With birth, we are not sure if the birth of a baby will be successful; with death, we are not sure where the soul of that person will go, or if such place exists.
Since the day I've started to wittness my beloved ones die, I knew that death unknowingly strikes at anyone and that if we have our eyes closed, the death of someone dear to us will open them wide before we know it. It is not easy to discuss the death of a person. No words can truly describe the feeling of grief. One has to experience the pain, the irreplaceable memories to grasp what it is. It grabs us cold and leaves us empty.
Out of my childhood curiousity, I remember asking God why He allowed people to prepare for births and not for deaths. When I was younger, I thought it was all unfair. Now, I may be old enough to give a probable answer to clear my once clouded question, I think God made things the way they are because with death's uncertainty, one's time on earth becomes momentous, and one's faith will be truly tested at the exact time of his unexpected death. Today I realize, it was never unfair.
One's birth must be welcomed because it is the start of a new life, although birth and death are both equally important, death differs because it is the grand finale, it stands as the final mark of life. It notes man's insatiable desire - that of perfect happiness, that of a life that will go on and on forever.
If we can predict our own death and prepare ourselves for it, then the beauty of life's uncertainties would cease to exist. Every passing moment wouldn't be as cherished. Only one thing is for sure, death is a certainty, only WHEN is the big question mark.
-I've decided to post this today, because who knows, maybe tomorrow will be too late.
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Thanks. Have a nice day.
>Live each day like you're going to die tomorrow.
May 27, 2007.