The death of a loved one tends to bring about a whirlwind of emotions. The question most often posed by mourners is “Why was he/she chosen to give up the ghost at this point in time?” I and the rest of the SpelHouse community have been mourning the death of our beloved Morehouse brother, Mr. Brandon Bennings since his untimely passing on November 11, 2013. Brandon’s transition has hit us hard with an indescribable sadness.
I personally knew Brandon as a soft spoken man who always greeted me when he saw me around the AUC. He always had a kind word to share, and while most of us were rushing out of our dorms to get a seat on the shuttle to the club, Brandon was more often than not in bible study. We all knew him as a God fearing man, so once again we ask, “Why was a man who had a close relationship with Jesus Christ chosen to battle brain cancer and endure numerous surgeries, only to ultimately pass away at the tender age of 26?”
Former NBA player Derek Anderson unknowingly answered this question best when he was quoted saying, “God gives the toughest battles to the strongest soldiers.” Brandon endured his battle with brain cancer with such optimism and unbelievable positivity. In a video created showing Brandon speaking about his struggle to survive during his fight with cancer, he mentions experiencing both good days and bad days yet he says he has seen mostly good. He expressed his love of making others smile and most importantly reminded his audience to “never give up on God because he won’t give up on you.”
Before Brandon passed, he pondered on the question “what will my legacy be?” As I viewed Facebook statuses created by countless loved ones of Brandon, it is apparent that Brandon has left behind a legacy that many people in our current society obsessed with greed, self-pleasure, and revenge will not leave behind. Brandon leaves a legacy of unwavering love for humankind, unshakable hope, and a strong faith in Jesus Christ so infectious that even Hitler would think twice if he had met Brandon. Now, what will YOUR legacy be?
Visit Brandon’s blog brandnupossibilties.com to learn more about him, while feeling encouraged thanks to his consistent positive messages.
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Leah C. Powell