By Adeola Achi-Ejindu
There is no man that hath power over his spirit to retain the spirit; neither hath he power in the day of death…
I told my dad, ” Death does not take the righteous unawares”. He agreed and gave an example of one of his friends who had the premonition that he would die before his 70th birthday, and it was so.
When my phone rang several times on this day four years ago I had no inkling that it was my dad calling me because it wasn’t his number.
Eventually, I picked the call only to hear my dad say, “I’m dying today.” I screamed, “Noooo, no.”
I rushed home and arrived just when he was being taken to the hospital(he was still alive); I held his hands in mine and they were very cold, I rubbed them hard so they could be warm but they didn’t get warm.
My dad couldn’t breathe well but he responded to our prayers and said amen as we prayed.
Oxygen was given to aid his breathing at the hospital. It was an unbearable sight to see my dad struggle to breathe! We watched as he mustered strength to pray, he prayed.
By evening, he gave up. He died of pulmonary embolism.
We look forward to seeing you again and I know you will be there at heaven’s gate to welcome us when our time is up here. Rest in peace, dad.