Living and dying

Death is inevitable. A few days ago, Richard Avedonone of history’s greatest photographers—has moved on to the afterlife. He leaves us some of the world’s most striking portraits.

Now if you’ve been watching the local news a few hours ago, you probably know why I’m writing about dying and living. Less than 24 hours ago, Rio Diaz–Cojuangco—probably the most noted Filipino celebrity with cancer—has finally taken her last brave steps to be with our maker. After almost six years of battling colon cancer, starting way back in December 1998, she leaves us a vivid memory of how to live life knowing that each new day is just another gift from God.

Her story is one filled with never–ending triumphs, and not just once has she been so close to losing life, only to recover again and be an inspiring surprise not just for Filipinos but other cancer–afflicted people worldwide. The past few years, she has shown us how to face great adversity with hope and never–waning faith in the Lord. That no matter how bad life seems to be, there is someone up there that continues to direct the screenplay of life, and everything is part of His great masterplan.

Today, she did not lose the battle; by accepting her fate and trusting in the Lord, it was a war she won a long, long time ago.

Our prayers are with her and her family.
      Live each day like it’s your last, and don’t fear the challenges, don’t be afraid to love, and be loved in return. Learn to express your love for those around you, after all, we are all made for love. Lastly, love the struggles that rain on us, it really isn’t just about the destination, but the steps and strides in this journey called life.

7 Responses

  1. I’ve never heard of Richard Avedon before, through your links I noticed he was a very talented photographer. May he rest in peace.

    This post really gives me something to think about, especially the last paragraph.

  2. MaThIbUs, moments like this help us evaluate and appreciate the love that surrounds us, and be thankful for all the blessings that come our way. :)

  3. Just read the inquirer after dinner, and saw this beautiful quote from Rio Diaz–Cojuangco herself, just had to share this:

    “If I never had cancer, I wouldn’t have found this much love for others, or received just as much love from them.”

  4. hi.i’m due for colonoscopy in a matter of days.i’ll take it from there.so many physical changes taking place in me,but like what i’ve said,they’re all but physical,my spirits are still up,thanks to that simple word Faith.somehow,there are fears that i wish to face squarely.i’m taking it one day at a time.i guess i’m so very thankful for everything that has happened in my life.thank you for this space.god bless!

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