He was a man. He was a husband. He was a new father of twins. He was a teacher, and he was a friend.
He never knew. We never knew. He never suspected. We never imagined.
Which beat of his heart would be his last? It was the one that beat for over 43 years. It was the same heart that opened up and loved his students, family, and friends so much. The very same heart that said farewell to his father earlier in the year. This heart, so faithful and powerful, gave out at last. He died on the floor of his study before the ambulance arrived.
Do any of us know which beat of our heart will be the final one? Will our death be sudden, like my friend's? Or will it be after a long and fruitful life, serving others?