i write this as i prepare for the funeral service of our brother Eu Meng. He had been battling cancer the past few years, and he passed away peacefully in the early hours on Monday morning.
Many of you have not met Eu Meng – he had visited us twice in Commonwealth as his health was deteriorating. Those of us privileged to know him will remember him as witty, sharp, funny, and loving. He would engage with many of the preachers on our mailing list offering insights, asking questions as we discuss about what was shared in the sermons.
He reached out to me last year after my sermon on Joy when i had to preach the Sunday after conducting Nick’s funeral. He wrote: “In my dark days, which are many, I have experienced this peace of God through prayer. It is as though someone opened the curtains to let in the light to brighten a darkened room. May this light bless all at FCC and let’s pray for tired, saddened hearts and souls in this season of Joy, commemorating and celebrating Jesus’ birth. It is well with my soul indeed.”
Eu Meng has shown me what resilience and faith is. As he battled cancer, and it slowly wore him down, he remained at peace. He lived fully as best he could, pursuing his passion in birdwatching and producing photographs worthy of National Geographic when he was still physically able to, and finding time to publish a book of some of these photographs when he couldn’t be out birdwatching.
So even as we mourn the passing of a friend, even as we grieve, may we learn to live fully, and fully live.