Vanity of Vanities, All is Vanity-Grappling With Kobe’s Death

I woke up to the sad news that Kobe, his daughter and other passengers had died from a plane crash. This is the kind of news that leaves you paralysed with sadness and grappling with tears. We can’t fathom what Vanessa’s going through and while we can send our thoughts and prayers, it’s never going to be the same for her.

The irony of life is that we never asked to be born, neither do we know our time, yet we have to live a purposeful life, until such time our life is plucked. A man’s life is vanity, so is all that he acquires.


Vanity of Vanities, All is Vanity

Vanity of vanities said the preacher, vanity of vanities; all is vanity. Ecclesiastes 1:2

The irony of life is that we never asked to be born, neither do we know our time, yet we have to live a purposeful life, until such time our life is plucked. A man’s life is vanity, so is all that he acquires.

That’s why we are all mourning Kobe. We feel robbed of souls that were intentional in living their purpose. We feel for the ones left behind and we lack words to console them.

However, we can learn from the life and the achievements of Kobe and be intentional with our life and purpose. We can make a heaven on earth in our short time here; for ourselves, our families and our communities. As it is in heaven, let it be done here on earth, and in our lives.


No Parent Should Ever Have To Bury Their Child

As a person who has lost a sibling, no one prepares you for your parent’s grief. You can’t give that warm encompassing embrace where you surround them and pull them in with a comforting hug.

Maybe you’ll hug their feet. Maybe you’ll cuddle them to sleep. It doesn’t feel enough. No one prepares for that guttural wailing that sucks the energy from a room, a wailing of resignation, betrayal, acceptance, or denial. When I heard the news, my thoughts went to Vanessa who has to explain to her youngest why her dad isn’t around.

To Natalia, who might feel the need to step up as the now firstborn. She doesn’t have to step up, she should grieve. But the urge and the pressure is there. My thoughts went to 7-month-old Capri, who will have to know her dad through pictures, videos and stories.


Oh, Death? Where is Your Sting?

O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? 1 Corinthians 25:55

As a believer, times like these make me want a one on one with Jesus. There is something about life and death that’s not easy to understand. Maybe it’s not comprehensible to the normal mind. Maybe it’s the expectation that when we come to Jesus, worldly suffering should cease.

It’s also a love for everything and everyone to be okay.

The story of Job is repeated around Christian circles. Job lost his entire family but at the ned, he gets a double portion. It’s easy to tell Vanessa that God has a plan, and worse to tell her of Job’s story. Don’t preach to any bereft person of God’s goodness.

God doesn’t feel good then.

Job got a double portion, glory to God but he still lost his children.

You can’t positive think your life out of loss. You sit in the loss. You feel the loss. You acknowledge the emotions. You sift through them. You cry through the emotions. Maybe the loss will lead you to discover greater strengths in you and perhaps in your faith that you never knew you had. Right now though, you’re not there yet.

But a loss is a loss is a loss.


Maybe one day will learn a lesson or two from Job’s story but for the bereft people, that day is not today.


May we always remember John Altobelli, Alyssa Altobelli, Keri Altobelli, Christina Mauser, Gianna Bryant, Kobe Bryant and the other passengers who are yet to be identified.

Kobe Bryant

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