Rev. Boimah Z. Karnley, officiating the home-going of Agetha Nelay Mamie Robertson told hundreds of mourners at the Logan Town Wesleyan Church that there are times when “death is precious” after widower Forster Robertson narrated the long and excruciating pain that his beautiful wife went through before her death.
Forster, who said his wife complained of sharp pains invading her body, though doctors had reportedly said her pressure and sugar-level were normal, choked with emotion trying to repeat the instructions his dying wife gave him not to let anyone take her children from him.
Rev. Karnley on the theme “When Death is Precious” quoted Psalm 116: 15 and told sympathizers that Agetha lived an exemplary life serving others; and though death is inevitable for the human race, “We’ll all face it.” Hence being a child of God makes the end of life precious in God’s sight, he said.
Rev. Karnley said despite the eventuality of death, there are people who refuse to discuss the subject of death, who would not pass near a cemetery, who whenever the subject is mentioned, their usual response is ‘God forbid.”
He said death can become precious when “we live responsibly, accountably and resourcefully.” ‘Responsibly’ means being purposeful in dealing with others and knowing that others deserve equal respect, he said.
“We must be accountable to what we do to others in every sphere of our life, being always aware that we cannot do things our own way without considering how it affect others,” Rev. Karnley said, making reference to employees, family members and politicians who lead the country.
“We must also be resourceful and bear good fruit to be able to reach out to others in our community because this is the way of God. Help those who are in need and we should not turn out back when we have the means to ease the suffering of others; and when we do these things, when death comes we would have succeeded far beyond the pain and uselessness that come.
“Death becomes precious when we have lived according to the instructions of God and we would have accomplished what we came on to do on earth.”
He noted that it was seven years and six days last Saturday when he officiated the union of Mr. and Mrs. Robertson; and with the death of Mrs. Robertson, he urged the family to hold together.
Reading his mother’s life sketch, Daily Observer reporter Robin Dopoe Jr. told the gathering that he was strong due to the courage he had gained from his mother.
Agatha Robertson was born on August 1, 1968 and died on May 13, 2016.
Among the hundreds of sympathizers were her former employees from the National Port Authority, Rep. H. Boima Fahnbulleh of Montserrado District #4 and Mr. Kenneth Y. Best, Publisher and Managing Director of the Daily Observer newspaper. Burial took place in Caldwell, outside Monrovia.