Dr Elie S. Henry was a great man. a wonderful intellect, a man of honor, a great soul of matchless courage, one of the great men of the earth — and yet we have no right to bow down to his memory simply because he was great. Great orators, great soldiers, great lawyers, often use their gifts for a most unholy cause. Tomorrow will meet to pay a tribute of love and respect to Dr. Elie Henry used his matchless power for the lord service and the good of man and his community.
He was an avid learner, problem solver, and consummate optimist. Dr. Henry was affable, friendly, entertaining, and an excellent conversationalist. His cheerfulness made it impossible not to feel at ease. He had a knack for meeting people wherever he was, and everyone he met became his friend. Family and friends were important and he embraced all forms of communication with them. He was deeply loved.
He was a very kind, and a very modest man who sought no credit for his many achievements which notably included just “keeping the whole outfit going” as Dean of the Faculty of Theology for many years where “the whole outfit” was one of the largest and certainly the most diverse groups at the University Adventist.
He was remarkably self-deprecating. Many stands in amazement at all of his contributions which took place with so little fanfare and with so little recognition.
Pastor Elie S. Henry was a man of God, a man who loved his family dearly – the sadness and loss in the faces of his family spoke of their feelings towards him. He was very active in the Adventist community – a vital force in the construction of the University Adventist, among other projects.he helped the careers of many students through his advice and warm support, but that many professors had become equally as indebted to him.
The Haitian Adventist community has lost a brilliant mind, his family a dear father and grandparent, Dr. Henry a valuable professor and former dean, and we all lost a dear friend. In his stead, Dr. Henry left himself in the lives of many people. We can see his warmth towards his family in his son(s) Dr Ariel Henry currently a high rank government official and Dr Elie Henry, we can see his compassion towards students reflected in the professors he touched, and we can see his drive for a diverse, intense, and exciting education in the students whose lives at University Adventist he had helped guide.
Weeping may endure for the night. Our human emotions sometimes need release. But joy comes in the morning!
David says, “I shall be satisfied when I awake with thy likeness.” The prophet Isaiah exclaims. “Thy dead men shall live, together with my dead body shall they arise. Awake and sing, ye that dwell in dust; for thy dew is as the dew of herbs, and the earth shall cast out the dead.” The prophet Hosea also testifies on the point: “I will ransom them from the power of the grave; I will redeem them from death. O Death, I will be thy plagues. O Grave, I will be thy destruction
1 Corinthians 15:21-22
For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead comes also through a man. For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive. (NIV)
Dear God we ask you to heal the broken in heart and bind up their wounds; Mercifully look upon those who are at this time bereaved. Be near them in their sorrow, and let their sorrow draw them nearer unto you. Now that earthly joys and comfort fail, may the things unseen and eternal grow more real, more present, more full of meaning and power. Let your strength sustain their weakness; and your peace fill their minds with perfect trust in you; through Jesus Christ our Savior. Amen.
“What moves through us is a silence, a quiet sadness, a longing for one more day, one more word, one more touch. We may not understand why you left this earth so soon, or why you left before we were ready to say good-bye, but little by little, we begin to remember not just that you died, but that you lived. And that your life gave us memories too beautiful to forget”
As a former student of Dr. Elie S. Henry wife, wishing you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your heart.