Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God. Matthew 5:9
Pastor Chito M. Morales Sr. passed from life unto life this morning, to be with our Lord Yeshua the Messiah (Jesus the Christ). Brother Chito, as I called him, is my good friend. I say is because although he is gone from this life, I am sure he is alive with the Lord. Like a good friend who moved away to a distant land, I am sure I will meet and fellowship with him again.
Brother Chito is a true peacemaker. Those who walked with him for a time knew the gentleness and kindness of this great man. But the one my brother walked with the most is our Lord. And Chito walks ever nearer to Him today.
Pastor Chito, as most others called him, knows peace in ways many cannot fathom. He is a true peacemaker, no doubt a child of God.
I remember this humble man in the mid to late 80’s in the Midtown Mania hotel, an FGBMFI convention. He was at peace with men like Pat Robertson of the 700 Club and President Ramos of the Philippines. Now he is a peace with the King of kings and Lord of lords. He was not one to seek attention, and I was happy to meet him at my convention table. At the time, I was in Dumaguete City and he was in Davao City, worlds apart.
A few years later the Lord brought us both to live in Cebu, walking down the street, as he often would, he saw me eating in a restaurant and came in to renew our short friendship from years before. Indeed, our friendship grew. Each week in my office for a couple years, Pastor Chito would lead a prayer meeting. Not only a peacemaker and a child of God, but a man of serious prayer as well. Pastor Chito became my brother on this earth, and I felt compelled to call him as such, my Brother Chito.
As a member of the Full Gospel Business Men’s Fellowship International (FGBMFI) Pastor Chito brought unity and peace with him where he went. Often his was the calm voice of the Lord that people heard when different ideas were presented. Pastor Chito has a voice that was like a cross between a beloved father and a best friend. You knew he loved you and without trying, he demanded your respect.
Brother Chito was not one to wait for others, he would warmly greet you at the door of our meetings and genuinely welcome you in. It may not be doctrinally correct, but I know Chito would have smiled his warm smile at my thought… I would not be surprised if he was standing at the “pearly gates” now welcoming people in to their new life there.
That was one thing Chito did well… He believed in new life. As a prison chaplain in Davao, Cebu and actually all of the Philippines, he ministered to the needs of the lost souls behind bars. He was a peacemaker, but he was also a life changer. He led many to a new life. Now he has changed, putting off that which cannot last and taking up that which cannot fail, Chito himself has a new life. That is Pastor Chito’s way.
He received the highest rank Chaplain’s office in the Philippine Coast Guard Auxiliary, for any Born Again, Evangelical Chaplain in the history of the Philippines. I remember his office at the Cebu Pier and watching him work out on the courts with the others in the Coast Guard. How hansom and dignified he filled out his uniform.
Most of all I remember my brother Chito as my friend. A few times a week he would pop into my office and we would just talk. Often for hours. When I closed the office, he came to my home. Even when I moved to the next city, he would still come to my home. The last time I saw him, he stopped at my house, headed south with a few visitors, he just stopped in for a hug. I know when I get to the other side Chito will be there waiting with a hug.
Likewise, I always felt welcome in the little home he shared with his beloved Luz. Such a quiet peace they had together in that home. Pray for Luz, I am sure she needs it now.
Chito was also a good father. I remember well how proud he was of his daughter when she not only passed the Philippine Bar, but did it with high marks! He loved all his children so much and would often make the journey to Davao to visit his mother and his children. This Saturday his body will make one last journey to Davao. But my Brother Chito won’t be going with it, he has already made a new home with the Lord.
As I type this I noticed the cross stitches on my wall. Each made by a different member of my family. Each framed personally by my Brother Chito. These three here in my room are famous dogs, one of the 101 Dalmatians, “Blues Clues” my daughter made and my favorite “Snoopy” made by my Honeybun… But each one carefully framed by Brother Chito himself. I treasure these even more now. A tear rolls down my cheek as I wonder who will frame the cross stitch my Honeybun is working on now?
These dogs remind me of one of the last times Pastor Chito visited us… We were talking about a wonderful book called Cat and Dog Theology. The different ways believers approach God. Cats are more “Me” centered, Dogs are more “Thee” centered. A quote from the book made Chito laugh…
A dog says, “You pet me, you feed me, you shelter me, you love me, you must be God.” A cat says, “You pet me, you feed me, you shelter me, you love me, I must be God.” People have vastly different views on how to serve the Lord… Ah yes, Pastor Chito, the peacemaker.
Comparing our own pets throughout the years, we concluded the book was correct, “dogs have masters whereas cats have staff.” We were not talking about animals, but people, those we know in our fellowship with believers. Too bad we do not have more Dog Theology we agreed. (Please note, to cat lovers this is not about cats. If you are not sure about Cat and Dog Theology I highly suggest you get a copy of the book and read about it on your own or with your fellowship group. It may give you, and your good friend, a good memory!)
Brother Chito lived his life to bring glory to the Lord, that is what our conversation about Cat and Dog Theology was about. I remember discussing what it means to bring glory to God. How do you define it in a non religious way… “To make God Famous”… Think about that, Chito did!
Less than a hand full of men in my lifetime have I considered my close personal friend, Chito is numbered with them. He inspired me to be better and I personally feel the loss of his passing from this world. Each time I read Matthew 5:9, I will think of Chito. Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God. Truly Pastor Chito M. Morales Sr. was a peacemaker and truly my Brother Chito is a child of God.