when i heard the news that chaim meir had passed away, i began to have an explosion of emotions. i really didn't know what to say or what to do. eventually the reality began to sink in. as i heaved sob after sob, i was reminded of a story i once read. a chossid of the rebbe rashab was once heavily in debt. he decided to sell his house to pay off the debts and to then rent an apartment, finally done with his creditors. as every chossid does in such situations, he decided to ask the rashab if he thought it was a good idea or not. when he came however, the rashab told him not to go ahead withe deal. as his debtors pressure mounted, he went, time and again, to the rashab all to no avail. the rashab repeatedly told him the same answer. eventually the chossid cracked under the pressure and sold his house, payed his debtors back and rented an apartment. a few weeks later he passed away. when the rashab was asked how he knew selling his house would lead to his passing he responded: his debtors were relying on him, so hashem let him live, once they had their money hashem made him pass away. the same was true by chaim meir. there were hundreds of people relying on him. hashem just COULDN'T make him pass away! indeed hashem had other plans however, hashem i am asking you now: just as this chossid couldn't pass away, so too, please bring moshiach!!!