Nineteen years ago, I lost my younger sister. It was sudden and tragic. The pain was much, the wound was very ghastly. My heart bled for the loss of a sister, confidante and friend. I thought I would never be able to laugh again. In fact, I lost hope in everything. Then, memories of good times we spent together began to unfold like a fresh lotus. Her wonderful, kind and gentle spirit, her philosophy of living in the moment and the way she lived a life of giving in cash and kind. This was the beginning of the healing process which turned things around for me.

Looking back in retrospect, I now relate my pain to what millions of people who have lost sons, daughters, husbands, wives, friends and colleagues in various disasters are experiencing. The tsunami in Japan, September 11th in New York and Katrina in New Orleans, the Haiti catastrophe and such others are few examples of how mankind’s time table on earth can change within a second. How do we survive the agony of losing loved ones including pets? The antidote is found in reminiscing on sweet memories, appreciating and bonding with each other whilst we are still here and breathing.

Sweet memories are precious, they are indelible! Jesus Christ went through the agony of death. He was beaten, stricken and nailed to the cross; yet today, the sting of death has lost its power through great memories of his fantastic ministry on earth. Today, the world at large continues to celebrate his life over and above his death. May every soul that hurts receive healing and comfort as we hold on to sweet memories of our loved ones.

Author's Bio: 

Pastor Tele Opakunle's calling as a Prophet and a Seer was established before her birth. She manifested intuitive abilities as a child. Though she emerged from an ancestry of staunch Christian believers, she has since moved beyond religion, to a higher consciousness of man’s purpose on earth. Pastor Tele is the founder of the Zion City Ministries Inc. Her focus is on empowerment. She teaches about the power within. Her message is that of “HOPE.” (Harmony, Order, Peace, and Eternal bliss) Tele Opakunle is a Prophetic Counselor, Life Coach, and a Spiritual Activist, who fights against the desecration of the earth and its fullness.