So you think you have the world’s biggest problem?
No parent should bury a child, but for it to happen to all your children is surreal. This happened to Lorelei Go Pangcoga from Misamis Occidental, Philippines. Lorelei had three talented, good-hearted sons and she lost each of them because of liver cirrhosis.
Many times, problems that come our way are usually the consequences of our sin, pride, and negligence. Instead of taking full responsibility, we make excuses by blaming others or God for our misery. But the “Go-brothers” was the opposite. They lived as role models and their lives built on love, thankfulness, and faith. Did God not hear their prayers?
Three on three
Lorelei first lost her eldest son Rowden on June 11, 2014. Then his second son Hasset on October 24, 2015. Hoping for God’s mercy, her youngest son Hisham also died from stage-4 liver cancer on November 14, 2017. The last three years were spent in prayers, love, and amazing support from people they do not even know.
Millions of Filipinos followed their story through “Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho” (KMJS) TV show. It featured the eldest son, marrying his girlfriend as he lay dying. The wedding of Rowden and Liezel, veiwed more than 15M times.
It was a bittersweet scene that you’d hope would end there, but death continued to haunt the family. Next to go was the would-be celebrity chef, Hasset who had his own TV stint on the same network, a few years earlier. He had a promising career that ended with the same fate. Their story was featured in the true to life drama show, “Magpakailanman” on December 3, 2016.
Diagnosed with cancer at an early stage, Lorelei’s youngest son Hisham or “Moi” went on a strict diet and regimen to avert the disease. They were optimistic. He was flown to Guangzhou China for cryosurgery. The procedure was promising, but only to find out that his cancer quickly went from Stage 1 to 4 in a matter of six months.
What we can learn from Lorelei
Some say life is cruel to the Go-Pangcoga family, much more to Lorelei who watched her children grow, only to giveaway to cancer. Yet people die every day and death lurks everywhere. There is no hope for those already dead (Isaiah 38:18), but only for the living. However, those who died in Christ have hope (Romans 6:8), and that is where Lorelei chose to dwell.
God did not make a miracle – but He does for others. Does that mean his love for the siblings is less than those who have experienced miracles in their lives? This is one of the saddest stories ever but instead of wallowing in self-pity, the family chose the good side of things. Lorelei thanked the Lord for giving her a chance to bore and bear all three.
Lorelei thanked the Lord for giving her a chance to bore and bear all three
Although the “Go-brothers” are no longer with the living, they are alive and well with the Creator (2 Corinthians 5:8). This may not be enough to comfort someone who also lost someone, but for Lorelei, she knows well that life on earth is but a vapor (James 4:13-17) and that she will see them again, free from pain and sorrow (Revelation 21:4). Her amazing faith and strength can only come from God because she chose to believe the promises of Jesus.
A modern-day “Job story”
Lorelei’s story is similar to that of Biblical Job, who also lost all his children and experienced more than one can bear. Remember that God too lost His son as the ultimate sacrifice to save mankind (Hebrews 10). Jesus lived again after three days to show that those who believe in Him, too, shall rise again. (Why did Jesus have to die?)