By Emma Onumah
Christians have been challenged to run the race of this life with accountability to God in mind.
The Assistant Chaplain to the Anglican Bishop of Owerri, Rev. Unaeze Ukaegbu, gave this challenge while preaching at the burial service of late Mrs Blessing Emejuru at St. Thomas (Anglican) Church, Umuagwu, Mbieri.
Rev. Ukaegbu, who preached the sermon, at the instance of the Lord Bishop of Owerri Rt. Rev. C.C. Okorocha Ph.D., and who also is the priest in-charge, The Anglican Church of the New Covenant, Works Layout, Owerri, reminded Christians that judgement awaits everyone at the end of this life.
Captioning his homily: “Uwa Bu Ahia” (i.e. The World is a Trade), he enumerated such evil devices as adultery, fornication, cheating, dishonesty, kidnapping, physical and pen robberies, prostitution etc, as accountable matters before God, and warned against getting involved in such devilish acts, if any Christian intends to have his name written in the Book of Life.
The Bishop’s Assistant Chaplain regretted that many people go to church every time yet they are not in Christ, pointing out that on the Day of the Lord, judgement process shall be on individual basis, as the book is opened.
The Cleric described late Mrs. Blessing Emejuru, who was the mother of Mr. Solomon Emejuru, the Bishop’s Driver, as one filled with joy and peaceful disposition, steadfast in the service of God, and who, indeed, became a blessing to all she came in contact with while alive.
In his condolence message to the Emejuru Family of Umuagwu Mbieri, the Anglican Bishop of Owerri Rt. Rev. Okorocha and Mama Owerri, Dr. Eunice Okorocha noted that, even though her home call came after a life, which remained faithful to the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ, they assured the Emejuru Family of their prayers for God’s grace and comfort to abound for them, urging them to pluck up courage and not to mourn like “those who have no hope” (1 Thes 4:13-18).
Late Mrs Blessing Emejuru is survived by her husband, Mr, Hilary Emejuru, nine children, nineteen grand children and other relations among whom is Mr Solomon Emejuru, Driver to the Lord Bishop of Owerri. The service was conducted by the Administrator of Achi-Mbieri Archdeaconry. The Rev. Canon Obinna Oke, while the staff of the Bishop’s Bourne Anglican Diocese of Owerri including the Bishop’s Senior Chaplain, Rev. Canon Ogechi Ofurum and the Administrative Secretary of the Diocese, Sir. Cliff Echendu, were present to mourn with their bereaved colleague, Solomon.