Rita Assan Mensah
by ISAAC MENSAH
TRIBUTE BY ISAAC MENSAH
It was supposed to be a simple surgical operation at the Korle Bu Teaching hospital on 4th March 2015. After the operation, I was in the recovery unit with you, hoping that you would be discharged soon so that we could go home. Little did I know that, that was not going to be the case. You were kept in the recovery unit until the 8th of March 2015 when a second operation on you was unsuccessful, leading to your untimely death. I just cannot believe that you are no longer with us. Today marks exactly seven weeks since your passing away and I am still in complete shock.
We had so many plans for life and were planning to celebrate our 10th wedding anniversary on 9th April 2015. This anniversary rather turned out to be the celebration of your life. You were a good wife and mother to our children. You made God number one in every decision you took and you were bent on helping people in need. You gave gifts to people and told them “my husband asked me to give these to you’’ without me even knowing. You constantly prayed for people in need. You took each opportunity you had to talk to people about God, broadcasting morning devotional messages on whatsapp to hundreds of people daily. One of such persons called after your demise to find out why she was not receiving such messages again, only to be told you had passed on. Trying to get used to life without you hurts me so much.
Our Children are so sad and they miss you so much too. When I told them that you had gone to be with the Lord in heaven, Nana Kwame could not believe that you were not coming back. In fact Papa Yaw asked if we could call you on a mobile phone in heaven so that he could speak to you. I wept uncontrollably.
I still don't understand the reason God took you at 34 years but I trust he has his plans up there for you. It beats my imagination why a good wife and a wonderful mother should pass away under such a circumstance. Isaiah 57:1-2 however explains “1Good people pass away, the godly often die before their time. But no one seems to care or wonder why. No one seems to understand that God is protecting them from the evil to come. 2 For those who follow godly paths will rest in peace when they die’’. (New Living Translation)
I am consoled by these verses of scripture and know that you are at peace with the Lord.
I am grateful to you for being such a wonderful and loving wife. You made life so easy for me and I am wondering how the children and I will live without you. I promise to take care of the wonderful kids you gave me. I clearly remember your last words to me before you passed on “Thanks for being a good husband, OK?” Rita, I want to also say ”Thanks for being such a wonderful wife and mother to our children’’. I thank God for the time we both had together. I love you still with all my heart and I miss you so much but God loves you best.
Your death is an irreparable loss to us – Children, your family and I. You would forever be in my memory.
Rest in perfect peace my dear.