- 40 years old
- Date of birth: Oct 8, 1975
- Place of birth:
Bida, Niger State, Nigeria
- Date of passing: Oct 4, 2016
- Place of passing:
Bida, Niger State.Service: 9am, 07/10/16 at St. Andrews', Nigeria
|Agnes Bodi, your memory and the precious times you shared with us will live on forever in our hearts. Though you left this world too soon, you left an indelible mark with your beautiful mind, beautiful spirit, compassion, love, and creativity.|
Don't grieve for me, for now I'm free
I'm following the path God has chosen for me.
I took His hand when I heard him call;
I turned my back and left it all.
I could not stay another day,
To laugh, to love, to work or play.
Tasks left undone must stay that way;
I've now found peace at the end of day.
If my parting has left a void,
Then fill it with remembered joys.
A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss;
Oh yes, these things, I too will miss.
But be not burdened with times of sorrow
Enjoy the sunshine of the morrow.
My life's been full, I 've savored much;
Good friends, good times, a loved one’s touch.
Perhaps my time seems all too brief;
Don't shorten yours with undue grief.
Lift up your heart and peace to thee,
God wanted me now-He set me free
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"To the loving family and friends of the late dear Agnes,
I have had the honor of working with a dear colleague, her uncle Dr. Samuel Rumala. Although I did not get to meet her, knowing the high, invincible quality of her family ensures that Agnes' contributions on Earth were beyond sincere, beyond altruistic. Her uncle Dr. Sam always portrays and represents these values at every opportunity, every turn of this city of New York. I wish peace, if this is at all possible, on her family and vast circle of those I'm sure she influenced!"
"We cannot understand the reason why, but God understand.
We love her but God love her more.
May Gog comfort the families, and help the children. I also pray that God should stop the early death in the family."
"It takes me a very long time to believe you have actually gone to rest with the Lord. You were simply great and wonderful. Rest in the blossom of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Mr. & Mrs. Jonathan Saba & family"
"To Yisa-Rumala Family
I am sorry for your loss. My sympathy to you and your family.
Mr. W. AbouAbdallah and Family, New York, USA."
"To Yisa-Rumala Family
Thank you for sharing the loss of your loved one with me. I give my deepest sympathy and at the same time the memorial site was beautiful.
Ms. W. Beaton and Family, New York, USA."
"To Yisa-Rumala Family
l am very sorry for your loss.
Mr Derick Andrew, New York, USA."
"To Yisa-Rumala Family
Oh My God, l'm so sorry to hear about your loss. May her soul rest in perfect peace in Jesus name.
Supervisor Gordon and Family, New York, USA"
"To Yisa-Rumala Family
Sorry for the loss of your loved one. My prayers and condolences go out to you and the family.
Supervisor Keyes and Family, New York, USA."
"To Yisa-Rumala Family
Sorry for your loss.
Ms. Melissa Gadson and Family, New York, USA."
"How time flies; it seems like yesterday when death took you away; but the God almighty will stand in the gap you left behind in Jesus name. May your gentle soul rest in perfect peace.
Mr & Mrs Ben Saba and family"
The ultimate Mystery.
The silent conspiracy of Nature.
The beginning of New Life.
To avoid Living is to die.
We all fear Death because it's beyond Understanding.
We miss you dearly."
"The Rumala Family,
We are very sorry for the demise of Ya Agnes. The Lord will comfort you and give you the fortitude to bear the loss In Jesus Name.
Mr. & Mrs. Andrew Saba and Family"
"Dear Anty Agnes,
I want to pay my deepest condolences to the family.
I pray that God grants the family comfort even in mourning and also that you continue to rest in the Lord. Abundant blessings to us all"
"My Beloved Ya Agie from Nnagi Ladi
I thank God for many reasons especially for life well spent before your departure from this world. The memories we have shared will never fade away.Your life was not about catching up, but it was about staying one step ahead.
Ya Agie, as l always called you. I will miss your gentle soft voice, smile, deep caring and generosity. Your simplicity of spirit was so compelling that I can hear your skillful voice. You are someone special we can't replace. You also left a great vacuum being one of few women in Electrical and Computer Engineering.
Saying goodbye is never easy, it's the hardest thing to do, but what hurts even more is not having the chance to see you on your last day. You will always be missed and l know you are resting in a better place where you do not have to go through pain. Keep resting until we meet again.
Mrs Florence Yisa-Rumala (Nnagi Ladi), New York, USA."
"from Ruth Adole It's WELL accept my condolence...may her soul rest in peace"
"from Awusa Aboki Paul.. Be comforted family."
"So hard to believe that you were committed to mother earth. May your soul rest in peace, big sis and may God grant your husband, siblings and mum the fortitude to bear the lost. from Mr. Joseph u Gana"
"So humble and caring, it was shocking when I heard you left too soon..continue to rest in the bosom of the Lord.. Adieu..."
"A life well lived gives credit to our Creator who made us in his image (Genesis 1:27). It is no small wonder that we thirst for life to realize our dreams and to search for new adventures. Soon, we will be able to experience the truthfulness of Gods promise "And the last enemy, death, is to be brought to nothing" (1 Corinthians 15:26). What better hope than to know that God will bring an end to death and all the pain we face when losing a loved one. My sincere condolences to the family and friends of Agnes. For more information and comfort from the scriptures, I invite you to visit www.JW.org."
"Ya – Agie, highly intelligent, dutiful and strong-willed. Your independent mindedness and commitment to any identified task/goal can be infectious. We are consoled by the fact that though your sojourn here was brief, you indeed made a mark & left a legacy for those who knew you & worked closely with you. We love you, but God loves you more. Continue to rest on, till we meet to part no more. Adieu!
Uncle Emmanuel Mamman & family"
"Ah! Its hard to believe that you are no more, Ya-Agnes. Your glorious exit has impressed incurable pains in our heart. The short time I knew you, it was like knowing you for numbers of years. I wish I could turn back the hands of time and bring you back to life, your departure was a painful one. I love you but Jesus loves you more... Goodnight ma, till we meet at the Lord's feet...Rest on....
Damaris Dzuma Tsado, Minna, Niger State, Nigeria."
"Tribute to a Cousin
Ya-Agie as she is popularly called was a very important person to us. She was hardworking and loves as many that came her way. I remember her father who is a brother to my dad (both late) once described her as a terrific mathematician to me during one of my visits to them. No wonder, as a woman, she studied engineering. Ya -Agie's ailment did not prevent her from doing her job, undertaking household chores, performing and engaging in other social responsibilities.Again, no wonder, many people did not know what she passed through before her death. The exit was indeed so abrupt.
Ya-Agie is sadly missed but not forgotten.
Rest in peace my cousin.
Paul Ibrahim Mamman."
"To the family of Agnes Bodi Sode-Shinni Tsado,
I am truly so sorry that you lost your beloved Agnes to the enemy death. I know from experience that it’s really hard dealing with the loss, no matter how long we’ve had them with us. But I wanted to share something positive with you about what the Bible says about our dead loved ones.
Job once asked a long time ago, “If a man die, shall he live again? (Job 14:14, King James Version) The Bible says that “There is going to be a resurrection” Acts 24:15
What this means for you is that you will be comforted (2 Corinthians 1:3,4) The Bible also says that we will be free from the fear of death (Hebrews 2:15). Also, there is real hope of being reunited with Agnes. (John 5:28, 29)
We can believe what the Bible says because God is the creator of life. The Bible calls God “The source of life.” Psalms 36:9; Acts 17:24, 25) And for sure The One who gave life to all living creatures is certainly capable of restoring life to someone who has died.
Another reason you can believe is because God has resurrected humans in the past. The Bible reports eight instances of humans—young, old, male, and female—who were brought back to life on earth. Some had been dead for a short while, but one had been in the tomb for four days!—John 11:39-44. One more reason why we can believe is because God is eager to do it again. Jehovah hates death; he views it as an enemy. (1 Corinthians 15:26) He has a longing to conquer that enemy, to undo death by means of the resurrection. He yearns to bring back those who are in his memory and to see them live on earth again—Job 14:14, 15
But now, here is something to think about, why do we grow old and die? The Bible answers that question at Genesis 3:17-19 and Romans 5:12. To learn more without cost, from the free brochure, Good News From God. You can also download the brochure by visiting www.jw.org
Please accept my condolences"
"My condolences to your family, supervisor Yisa-Rumala. It has to be a very tough time for your family. I send my prayers, thoughts and the best regards.
Dorville, J. and family, NY, USA."
"It's hard to understand
Why God takes those we love.
Does He need them more than we do,
In Heaven up above?
No one on earth can pretend
To know what's in God's plan.
All we can do is take it on faith
And trust we'll see our loved ones again.
We miss you Aunty Agi."
"This for me has been a tough moment of reality.
Ya Agi was one person I almost naturally accepted as an Elder Sister. Her loss feels like an amputation.
I am not sure how much longer we will bear this burden of hurts about this grievous loss, but one thing I am certain about is that, it will not last in a few days, weeks, months or years.
She was a Woman of flawless character, with an unusual beautiful and radiant spirit.
To her families and friends, we stand by you at this hour, and wishing it can be said in a more different way: please, take heart. Be comforted by the Comfort of the Holy Spirit, through the Name of Jesus.
I will miss you, Ya Agi. Always.
From "Ya Mike" (so you called me)."
"It's sad to hear that Mrs Agnes Bodi Shinni has passed on to be with the Lord. My condolence goes to the entire family. May the good Lord Comfort you as you go through this difficult time,and may her gentle soul rest in perfect peace in Jesus Name."
"My deepest condolences to the Rumala family and their family. I did not have the pleasure to meet Agnes, but just by reading all the heartfelt messages I can see she was a beautiful woman inside and out.
May God give you the strength to deal with the loss. She will continue to live in your hearts forever."
"We join your extended family in praying that the good Lord continue to grant you eternal peace and gove strength to your loved ones that we join in celebrating your warmth to all..cheers, AIAM"
"This Tribute was added by Benedicta Aghedo,
My Deepest Condolences to Florence Yisa on the lost of your Dear Beloved sister who left this Beautiful World so soon. God knows Best. I know she has lived a wonderful life with great energy, compassion, and Love. Her love was not only for her Husband and family but anyone that she may have come in contact with. I know my dear sister that you are in grief and pain, but time heal all wounds. I and so very sorry for the lost of such a wonderful human being. I hope this note will find you and family some comfort and may the grace of God Be with you All. Love Always. Aghedo and Family & Llewellyn and Family. We Love You."
"TRIBUTE TO MY YATHEO
God brought you on 29th May, 2004 as help meet for me. You contributed a lot to what I am today by the grace of God. You understood me more than myself. You were very accommodating as evidenced in Joseph Haji Tsado, whom you recently made one of your next of kin, and Alice Jiya. You strengthened me in weakness and my issues were your issues. You always made my wad-rote and you were my strong support, and my courage both spiritually and physically. You taught me to look up to God for all family needs and to be contented with whatever he provides. Times of disagreements that tore other families apart are to a great extent instrumental in building ours. In the midst of all these, you suddenly left me alone. I love you but God loves you more. Adieu.
YOUR HUSBAND, Dr. THEOPHILUS TSADO"
"Yawo Agnes, we are blessed to have you as our daughter in-law. As you left us behind, it is our prayer that your soul rest in perfect peace. Sleep well in the bosom of our Lord Jesus Christ.
MR. & MRS. AMOS N. KOLO"
"Although our hearts may be broken, there's no need to weep. She is in a wonderful place now, where she is happy and so carefree. For one day we will be together again, to laugh and sing and play. Rest on Ya-Agnes.
MRS GRACE T. KOLO on behalf of BABAYIKAN'S FAMILY"
"Aunty Agie, its still a shock to me, I was planning to visit you after my schooling, but now you have gone, you are a fine and good Aunty to me. l will miss you dearly. Rest in peace. Linda baby as you usually call me. Till we meet at the Lord's feet. Oh Aunty Agie...Adieu
"FROM THE TSADO's FAMILY
Aunty Agee, as you were fondly called, you were a precious daughter and sister to the family. You were a source of inspiration and motivator to us. Painful is your passing but we know that you won and you are at peace. Your calm talk and laughter will be missed, you will ever remain fresh in our hearts and indeble in our minds.
J.N. TSADO FAMILY AND OTHERS"
"Wow, I'm speechless. This memorial website for Agnes is beautiful. She was a young beautiful woman. She is in a better place now with God. Blessing to all and my deepest condolences.
From Mrs Rodriguez, L. and Family, New York, U.S.A."
"MY MUM, MY EVERYTHING
You took me as your daughter and knew everything l need even without telling you. You always knew when l needed your advice and gave it as a mother to her daughter. You will forever remain in my heart. Words can't express my love and gratitude towards you. I love you but God loves you more. Good night, till we meet again at Jesus' feet.
"My condolence to the entire families of Rumala and Tsado having lost Mrs. Anges Bodi Sode-Shinni Tsado at her prime age. We are all on our journey, and doing the works assigned to us by God. We are his/her spiritual arms to torch everyone of us. It was sad that on October 8, 2016, Mrs. Agnes Tsado suddenly and untimely finished her on earth than we expected. May God be with all those she left behind (known and unknown to me) and grant them longer lives. May her Soul Rest In Peace.
Mabadeje G. Demu"
My mum was the best mother that someone would wish for. She corrects me with love when l am wrong, you taught me domestic activities and l say l am very lucky to have you as my mom. Till we meet to part no more.
JOSEPH HAJI TSADO
"FROM THE ENTIRE STAFF OF NATIONAL IDENTITY MANAGEMENT COMMISSION (NIMC)
Time is perhaps our most precious commodity, and once it passes, it is forever. Agnes, we can’t forget the time we worked together at the Niger State office and also at the Disaster Recovery Centre, how we played, gist and sometimes eat together. We remember the many times we laughed, cried, hustled and celebrate together, we also remembered all the training we had together both in Nigeria and abroad, but all of that is gone now and all that is left now are memories.
Agi, Aunty Agi, as we all loved to call you, you were a very hard working colleague, with a very good heart, and we all loved you and adored you greatly. You never judged people and you always gave people your time, you cared about people’s well-being and feelings, you were always there, you would celebrate with people in their good times and mourn with them in their bad times. You touched so many people too many times by simply being you, simply put, you were one of a kind.
Your passing away has drawn deep emotional pain and anguish amongst all but we choose to celebrate you, your life and legacy. Saying you will be missed is an understatement but we know that this tribute we write in your honor comes from a place where you left your mark on. Agnes, till we meet again to part no more. Sleep well in God’s loving arms and we pray that God comforts your family and everyone else who loved you.
THE ENTIRE STAFF OF NATIONAL IDENTITY MANAGEMENT COMMISSION (NIMC)"
"My heart felt condolence to the Rumala family in the passing away Avery dear sister,daughter, wife and mother, Agnes. This is a lost that does not only affect the family but a lost that affects the country at large. Agnes has left a big void that can not be filled by anyone. From all I hear you were one of a kind. You and i never met but the impact you had on your niece caused a ripple effect that positively impacted and blessed me. Thank you for sharing your life. We may never understand why the Lord took you in your prime, at an unexpected time and so suddenly. We may never understand but one thing we know He is a good God. May God grant the family comfort and peace that only He can give. May God's presence be experienced during this time of grief. May we be comforted in knowing that Agnes is in the presence of her maker worshiping, walking the streets of gold. Weep not for me you say , I have fought the fight and run the race and now I am come to receive my crown. May your death spur us to run our own race ss well as you did that we may also receive the crown . May we learn to number our days that we may gain a heart of wisdom. helen bako"
"CANDLE IN THE WIND
I am trying to come to terms with the fact that we have lost Ya Agie at such a young age. Though death is near to the young as the old, I still see death as a distant rumour to the young. But I find consolation in the fact that only the good die young. The purpose of life is more than simply to grow old. We should not be broken by Ya Agie's death, rather let us be carried onwards by her love. Though she had a humble and comfortable background, her father who was an engineer did not spoil her. She was brought up to be very HARD WORKING, HONEST and DISCIPLINED. She lived up to expectation and that is why even at her place of work she rose steadily to the rank of manager before she was snatched away from her loved ones by the icy hands of death.
Her relationship with God was not theoretical. She worked hand in hand with Christ. She did not love the things of the world or anything in it. But I am glad she is eternally happy.
Her death at such a young age is a devastating darkness we are forced to endure. Apart from being a loving and caring wife to her beloved husband, she also left a true family legacy behind-HONESTY and HARD WORK- inherited from her late father Engineer Jonathan Ramala.
To close I will say that she lived a life like a CANDLE IN THE WIND.
Good night and rest with the Lord till we meet to part no more.
Solomon Sule & Family"
"Dear Dr. Rumala and family,
I wish to express my condolences on the passing of your family member, Mrs. Agnes Bodi Sode-Shinni Tsado.
I was deeply moved by the "forever missed" tribute to her. By all indications, she led a very fulfilling life at such a young age. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this very difficult moment. May God grant her eternal rest.
Dr. Ibrahim Salau"
"Dear Cousin Agnes,
Our hearts are heavy with the knowledge that your time here on earth was brief, but we are grateful to the Lord for the time he did give us to spend with you. We are truly blessed to have known your patient, kind and joyful spirit. We know we will be able to share love and laughter once we are together again in the presence of our Lord.
Zainabu and Adiza"
"In loving memory of our dear Agnes. We are extremely grieved by the loss of Agnes. It is so painful to say goodbye and happy birthday. She was a devoted and amazing women who lived a selfless life serving her family, friend and even strangers. How I remember the care, love and wonderful hospitality she provided during the family visit to Minna and Bida. Her giving heart and beautiful spirit will live on in the lives of the many people she has touched, cared for and showed what it means to give of yourself for the happiness of others. We are ever so grateful that you modeled a compassionate life. May the legacy of your beautiful life be replicated in generations to come. We pray to the Lord to give us comfort and strength during this time of loss. While we will deeply miss, we are truly blessed by the wonderful memories now in our hearts.
Sleep on dear Agnes and in HIS arms may you find peace until we all meet again. Our tears flow for you."
"Anti Agnes, words alone cannot describe your humility,care and love
exhibited to everyone that come in contact with you during your short sojourn on earth. Your constant smiles will be greatly missed by many.
Having accomplished God's purpose for coming into this world, I hereby bid you farewell, may your gentle soul rest in perfect peace.Till we meet at the bosom of the lord, Adieu!!!!'"
"My heartfelt condolences go out to my family, the Rumala's, during this difficult time. Though I did not know Agnes, I know she was a beautiful person. May God Bless and keep you all strong and may Agnes' soul rest in eternal peace."
"My heart goes out to the family at this difficult time but we must take solace in the fact that our sister is now in the light and dancing with the Angels. May her soul rest in perfect peace. Amen."
"We grieve and are truly sorry for the loss.
Please accept our condolences.
“Trust in Him at all times, you people; Pour out your heart before Him; God is a refuge for us. Selah” Psalms 62:8 NKJV
It is well. May her soul rest in peace
Mrs. Lami Smith"
As you are in heaven rejoicing with the father, this is God’s love letter that I am supposed to share with all:
Yagie, your whatsapp profile message says “Jesus is the reason”. I found out the news of your home going to Jesus through whatsapp, the same mode that we have communicated many times through the years. My dear sister, I went from shock to a sense of peace knowing you are with Jesus….back to still more shock that you departed us so young. We were the two Bodis (you were Bodi senior) and I was Bodi junior. I learned so much from your wisdom and creativity from the early days of our youth. We shared much laughter, tears, food, and also prayer moments together. You were always checking on me to see if there were additional items I needed. I still have the many items and my cherished net sponges that you gave me. I have refused to leave it anywhere. It oftentimes comes to the room with me next to my belongings. Your last message to me on whatsapp was “Amen, you too” Yagie, it is well with your soul. Though my heart has been left with a void, I still hear your voice in my mind. I recall when we saw in Canada, I was so happy to see you and also meet your colleagues as we explored various sites, went to the buffet restaurant, and had our first limousine ride after some bargaining. I recall after the ride, the limo driver conveniently mentioned tax to hike up the price and we continued with another round of bargaining. I also recall the crucial role you played in the matchmaking endeavors and the laughter we shared through the process. There were many shared moments.
I admired your heart, your giving, your concern for others, your advice, your sense of style with Nigerian fashion. I learned about the latest Nigerian styles from you and I am grateful for the many styles that you sewed for me.
I was prompted to learn more about what you could have seen as you ascended to our heavenly father and I feel comforted that you were escorted by angels to sit at the feet of Jesus.
I recall when we were younger as you were in secondary school and I was in primary school and the various experiences you informed me about in the boarding school. I also remember our many trips to the market and going from store to store looking for our shoe size because we both inherited grandma’s big feet. Fast forward, I remembered the visits to your house and our excursion to the park on Christmas day for a picnic with your special fried rice.
And now you are at a place with no more sorrow and pain where you can worship at the master’s feet. Yagie, this is not good bye because this life is temporary and fleeting. The most important thing is for us to do the will of God in these last days until our home going. There are many lost souls on this earth. I have also had to examine my walk in the lord because the devil is cunning, The bible says in 1 Peter 5:8 8 Be sober, be vigilant; because[a] your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. The devil’s sole assignment is to keep us away from eternal life and he will do this through many areas
To ALL: Once we give our life to Jesus Christ, Do you know that we do not have to fight the battle on our own? He that is in me is greater than he that is in the world.
1 John 4 says:
On Denying the Incarnation
1Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world. 2This is how you can recognize the Spirit of God: Every spirit that acknowledges that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, 3but every spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you have heard is coming and even now is already in the world.
4You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world. 5They are from the world and therefore speak from the viewpoint of the world, and the world listens to them. 6We are from God, and whoever knows God listens to us; but whoever is not from God does not listen to us. This is how we recognize the Spirita of truth and the spirit of falsehood.
God’s Love and Ours
7Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. 8Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. 9This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. 10This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. 11Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. 12No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.
13This is how we know that we live in him and he in us: He has given us of his Spirit. 14And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. 15If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in them and they in God. 16And so we know and rely on the love God has for us.
God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them. 17This is how love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment: In this world we are like Jesus. 18There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.
19We love because he first loved us. 20Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen. 21And he has given us this command: Anyone who loves God must also love their brother and sister.
For all who are reading this, know that Jesus Christ is the only way to everlasting life. Even when our loved ones depart early we can be rest assured that they are in the savior’s arms because they have committed their lives to God. This body is temporary. We need to read God’s word, the bible, to understand what he wants of us and be obedient. Good works will not save us. The lord does not count up good and bad works and decide if one will go to heaven. We are not saved through good works and this can be seen in the bible:
Ephesian 2: 1 – 10
1As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, 2in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. 3All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our flesha and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature deserving of wrath. 4But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, 5made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. 6And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, 7in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. 8For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9not by works, so that no one can boast. 10For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
Romans Chapter 8 (New International Version Says)
Life Through the Spirit
1Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, 2because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set youa free from the law of sin and death. 3For what the law was powerless to do because it was weakened by the flesh,b God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh to be a sin offering.c And so he condemned sin in the flesh, 4in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fully met in us, who do not live according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.
5Those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on what the flesh desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. 6The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace. 7The mind governed by the flesh is hostile to God; it does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so. 8Those who are in the realm of the flesh cannot please God.
9You, however, are not in the realm of the flesh but are in the realm of the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, they do not belong to Christ. 10But if Christ is in you, then even though your body is subject to death because of sin, the Spirit gives lifed because of righteousness. 11And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because ofe his Spirit who lives in you.
12Therefore, brothers and sisters, we have an obligation—but it is not to the flesh, to live according to it. 13For if you live according to the flesh, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live.
14For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God. 15The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship.f And by him we cry, “Abba,g Father.” 16The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. 17Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.
Present Suffering and Future Glory
18I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. 19For the creation waits in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed. 20For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope 21thath the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the freedom and glory of the children of God.
22We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. 23Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption to sonship, the redemption of our bodies. 24For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have? 25But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.
26In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. 27And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God.
28And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, whoi have been called according to his purpose. 29For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. 30And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified.
More Than Conquerors
31What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? 33Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. 34Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. 35Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? 36As it is written:
“For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.”j
37No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,k neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Isaiah 64 (New International Version)
1Oh, that you would rend the heavens and come down, that the mountains would tremble before you!
2As when fire sets twigs ablaze and causes water to boil, come down to make your name known to your enemies and cause the nations to quake before you! 3For when you did awesome things that we did not expect, you came down, and the mountains trembled before you. 4Since ancient times no one has heard, no ear has perceived, no eye has seen any God besides you, who acts on behalf of those who wait for him. 5You come to the help of those who gladly do right, who remember your ways. But when we continued to sin against them, you were angry. How then can we be saved? 6All of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags; we all shrivel up like a leaf, and like the wind our sins sweep us away. 7No one calls on your name or strives to lay hold of you; for you have hidden your face from us and have given us over toa our sins. 8Yet you, Lord, are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand. 9Do not be angry beyond measure, Lord; do not remember our sins forever. Oh, look on us, we pray, for we are all your people. 10Your sacred cities have become a wasteland; even Zion is a wasteland, Jerusalem a desolation. 11Our holy and glorious temple, where our ancestors praised you, has been burned with fire, and all that we treasured lies in ruins. 12After all this, Lord, will you hold yourself back? Will you keep silent and punish us beyond measure?
To all who do not know Christ, please say this with your heart and out loud: Dear Lord, I confess that I am a sinner. Even when I thought I was doing good it was sin in your eyes because my flesh is sinful by nature. Lord, I want everlasting life through your son Jesus Christ. I acknowledge that Jesus died on the cross for my sins and I accept him this day as my personal savior. I am also asking for the guidance of your holy spirit to help me to do your will on a daily basis. Please help me to find a church and group where I can sharpen my faith. Guide me in understanding your word. In Jesus Name I pray. Amen.
My dear Yagie, until we meet again at the savior’s feet. Rest well in the everlasting love of Christ in Jesus name. Amen.
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God’s love letter to you:
Dr. Bernice Bodi Rumala"
"My dear senior sister,
As we remember all the fond memories we've shared as children, it saddens my heart to know that you are no longer here with us. I still can't believe that you are gone, but I know we shall meet again in heaven. We all love and miss you!"
"Agnes lived a life that will forever make her shine in the hearts of those who truly knew her. Her life was a testimony to the God of light and love she served, and the godly parents, relatives and friends she was blessed to have. May her dearly departed soul rest in perfect peace."
"My Dearest YaAgie, May your sweet, gentle and kind soul find eternal rest and peace in the presence of the Lord. You have left an indelible mark on our lives. I will not forget the wonderful treats we had together and your wisdom to strike a balance between the complexities of life. You were a big sister that showed love, support, care and compassion to me and all your siblings and extended siblings. I will certainly miss you!
Dr. Yisa S. Rumala, Jr"
"Dearest Daughter, Wife, Aunty, Sister, Niece, Mother, and Friend
Though you left this world too soon, you left an indelible mark with your beautiful mind, beautiful spirit, compassion, love, and creativity. You touched so many lives by your selfless and countless acts of kindness, always giving and never expecting any favor in return. You laid the path for others to succeed. You are a great woman of virtue with a genius mind, humility and unmatched work ethics, a wonderful woman of intellect.
While we mourn your glorious exit at this time, we also take comfort in the fact that your mission on earth has been fulfilled. By the power of the Almighty, you came, you saw, you conquered! We salute your courage and celebrate your achievements and life well-spent on Earth and forever.
We love you, but God loves you more. Therefore, we commend your soul into the loving hands of the Lord Jesus Christ; who is the way, the truth and the life. It is well, it is well with your soul. We bid you farewell until we meet again.
Signed: Dr. Samuel Yisa Rumala
(For the family)"
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