Archbishop (rtd) David M Gitari @76
I do pay tribute to my great friend, today rested and joined the church militant!
I grieve his death and pray for the family that he loved , the church he grew and the community cherished.
He always remained focused on his call to be a priest, but a prophet when called upon!
The Lord he served has plucked him, into the crowd of witnesses up above.
“There is nothing that can replace the absence of someone dear to us, and one should not even attempt to do so.
One must simply hold out and endure it. At first that sounds very hard, but at the same time it is also a great comfort.
For to the extent the emptiness truly remains unfilled one remains connected to the other person through it.
It is wrong to say that God fills the emptiness. God in no way fills it but much more leaves it precisely unfilled and thus helps us preserve — even in pain — the authentic relationship. Further more, the more beautiful and full the remembrances, the more difficult the separation.
But gratitude transforms the torment of memory into silent joy. One bears what was lovely in the past not as a thorn but as a precious gift deep within, a hidden treasure of which one can always be certain.” (― Dietrich Bonhoeffer)
Blessed be the name of The Lord.
Rev. Canon Francis Omondi.
30 September 2013