Let us always remember, it is not the number of years we live in this world that is important; it is how we live those years that is important; how many people we reach out to and touch; how many people we can bring to God and to the service of our nation. The quality of life is much more important than the quantity of life; and when it comes to the quality of life, we can all say: “Deji Okoji lived a full life and, literally, touched thousands of people.” His death is a testament to the number of people he reached and touched.
In his Letter to the Philippians, St. Paul writes: “For me to live is Christ; and to die is gain.” In other words, to live is to serve the Lord and to die is to be with the Lord. Throughout his lifetime, Deji Okoji faithfully served the Lord; and now he is with the Lord. Today and always, let us be mindful that we are not saying “goodbye” to our beloved Deji Okoji, but we are saying “farewell,” “Big Name,” “until we meet again” in God’s Eternal Heavenly Kingdom. Our Christian faith teaches us that death is only a temporary separation, and one day, we will all be together again for all eternity.
Rest assured, Deji Okoji is now in the presence of God and our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ; he is in the company of the saints and angels, and his loved ones that have gone before him, resting in Heavenly Peace. He is looking down upon us, he is watching over us, and he is praying for us. He is saying: “Love one another as I have loved you. Live with faith, hope, and love. Faithfully serve the Lord and the Church and Nation with all your heart, soul, and mind. Follow my example all the days of your lives and I will be with you forever and ever.”
Deji Okoji, you will always be with us forever and ever. You are in our hearts, our thoughts, and our prayers. You always have been, and you always will be.
May the Holy Spirit comfort us and give us strength, may God illuminate your eternal soul as you start your journey to heaven today, may you “dwell in the house of the Lord forever.”See you then at the sound of the Heavenly Trumpets. Deji, your suffering is over, rest in eternal peace!