“Don’t mourn for the cocoon, for the butterfly has flown.”
This is the sentiment expressed when a Christian dies. While we sorrow over our loss at the death of a Cecil “Tiger” Walker, we also rejoice knowing our loved one has entered heaven. Our mourning for Cecil is mixed with hope and joy.
The bible tells us that when a Christian dies, the person’s soul is transported into heaven to be with Christ.
The Apostle Paul spoke of this in 2 Corinthians 5:1-8:
For we know that when this earthly tent we live in is taken down (that is, when we die and leave this earthly body), we will have a house in heaven, an eternal body made for us by God himself and not by human hands. We grow weary in our present bodies, and we long to put on our heavenly bodies like new clothing … we want to put on our new bodies so that these dying bodies will be swallowed up by life … we know that as long as we live in these bodies we are not at home with the Lord. For we live by believing and not by seeing. Yes, we are fully confident, and we would rather be away from these earthly bodies, for then we will be at home with the Lord. (NLT)
Speaking again to Christians in 1 Thessalonians 4:13, Paul said, “…we want you to know what will happen to the believers who have died so you will not grieve like people who have no hope” (NLT).
“Tiger” knew that the time for his departure was near.
He knew that the midnight watch would be untimed, so he prepared his manuscript and delivered it to his family at the hospital.
If you are a believer, your last day here will be your birthday in eternity.
Cecil knew that the time had come. He knew that he could not stop for death. Death kindly stopped for him at midday.
Death took him out of Eric Williams before the Eastern main road rush hour. The carriage took him on his journey to eternity and immortality.
The witty humor of Cecil triumphs as he would ask “Is that so?”
We will simply and collectively rejoice in the fact that we knew Cecil “Tiger” Walker as our friend, a father, a brother, an uncle, a step father, a father-in-law, a teacher and administrator.
He is delicate beyond all that human tenderness can conceive of husband , homely beyond all that human heart can conceive.
We celebrate Cecil’s death as he begins his journey to the promise land, going home to God; our bond of love with Cecil will never be broken for all eternity.
Cecil will ask “Is that so?”
His Brother, his protégé!