As I’m sitting at my computer a news report has come in telling of the murder of John Allen Chau by an endangered tribe in India’s Andaman and Nicobar islands. Fishermen who took him to North Sentinel Island say tribespeople shot him with arrows and left his body on the beach.
Chau, a self-proclaimed adventurer, was engaged on missionary work, and, in a statement, his family said, "He was a beloved son, brother, uncle and best friend to us. To others he was a Christian missionary…He loved God, life and helping those in need, and he had nothing but love for the Sentinelese people.” Then, incredibly, they added, “We forgive those reportedly responsible for his death.”
This experience made me think about the fragility of life and that I shouldn’t wait until after someone has died to say how much I loved him or her in a eulogy. There is family around me that I need to tell how much I love them, and friends I need to tell how much I value their friendship before it’s too late.
As a Christian it has impressed me that God told his Son how much he loved him and how pleased he was with him. Matthew 3:17 I need to take a leaf out of God’s book, how about you?
Have a good week,
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