Sunday, November 10, 2013

IN TIMES OF TRAGEDIES


Watching the heart-wrenching news made me remember the conversation between the Tricycle driver and his passenger last Thursday night, 6:00 P.M., just a few hours before Yolanda's land fall. I was sitting at the back and was only listening... Err eavesdropping Well, I don't have a choice.

The driver asked if the service will be postponed since there is a typhoon (yolanda) coming. When I heard the word "service", since I am a Christian, first thing to come in mind is "worship service". Then second is wake/vigil. The passenger, while laughing, replied, "it can't be cancelled, not unless Typhoon Yolanda will have very strong winds. Besides, tomorrow is 'bakbakan' ". Upon hearing that, I wondered "Bakbakan? Is there a war?" I looked at the passenger. He has a well-built body so I thought he must be a soldier. 

I don't know if it's funny or just really annoying, I've learned, as I continued to listen, that the "Bakbakan" he mentioned means "Sabong" or cock fighting. I realized that after the passenger said there will be 20 Chicken which will be involved in that "Bakbakan!" I don’t have any idea that ‘sabongeros’ used such term.

I was like "WHAT??? There's a storm coming and your only concern is cock-fighting!!! At this very difficult time, you should be praying! Grrgh! Forgive them Father for they do not know what they were doing..." I wanted to shout and react violently. But I chose to keep my thoughts to myself.

Contemplating, what if instead of Leyte or the Visayas region, what if it was CARAGA which was directly hit by Yolanda; what would happen with those two? What if they are two of the so many people who died?

Right now, most probably, they saw the news and how tragic it is. What could be their thoughts? Will they be able to say “Thank God”? Will they be able to realize and repent and say “Forgive me God. Many people have suffered and died on the other part of the Philippines while I was on the cockpit thinking only for my temporary pleasures.” Or will they care at all? 

How about you? What were you doing at that time? Were you on your knees or were you just apathetic about it???

PRAY FOR THE PHILIPPINES

We've been devastated by calamities this year. The Armed conflict in Zamboanga City, then the 7.2 magnitude earthquake in the province of Bohol and Cebu, the floods due to the Habagat Moonson which has  affected many lives in some parts in Luzon and just lately, the Super Typhoon Yolanda which has taken so many lives.

Pray for comfort especially for those who have lost not only their properties but also their love ones.

For for provisions especially for food, water, clothing. That every person's need will be met.

I know God has a reason for all of this. We may not understand it right now but let's hold on to our faith. God is never blind. He sees our pains and hurts and it hurts Him also to see us go through such hardships. But it will surely work out together for our good.

Another storm is coming. Tropical Depression "Zoraida" will enter Philippines' area of responsibility by Tuesday. It may not be as strong as "Yolanda (Haiyan)" but the rain will still affect the people especially that it will pass through the Visayas where the provinces of Bohol, Cebu, Leyte, Samar and many areas which was gravely devastated by Yolana.

I am living in Agusan del Norte in Mindanao, Philippines. Thank God even though our province was at Signal # 2 during Yolanda, we had zero casualty. Today, we are under Signal # 1 due to Tropical Depression Zoraida. Zoraida's first land fall will be in my province. It's been raining this morning.

Thank you so much for your prayers.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

GRATEFUL HEART

She was so small, the doctor said.
Yet she can already kick just a day after
Making them cover her blanket again and again

Childhood was so fun
Catching shrimps with her cousins in the river near grandma and grandpas house
Remembered the time she fell in the pond
Even though nobody pushed her while she was just sitting & staring at the water
Then she got a fever later on

Watching grass and rice leaves dancing with the wind
and forming images with clouds on the horizon
Simply living, simple dreams
A life with her family, not perfect but still a blessing.

Those were the sunshine days.

But

GREATER THAN THE STORMS

GOD's love is stronger than the winds, deeper than the oceans, higher than the waves! Those who seek His refuge will be truly safe!

GOD BLESS PHILIPPINES!

Don't be disheartened. Don't be scared. He'll get us thru this storm.

Don't look at the waves and sink like Peter, focus on Him and you will surely see His hand reaching out to you.

If you won't, you might end up shipwrecking your faith.

So hold on to Jesus.


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Here are some photos I found on the web. I do not own the photos.





NAME FIGHT (Yolanda vs. the Name Above All Names)

So, your name is Yolanda??? You're not that great, you know. Yeah, yeah, you're bigger than the usual and you are being described as SUPER. SO WHAT!

This I will tell, there is one name that is greater. It is JESUS!!!

You're trembling now???

I'll tell you about my Jesus. He can calm storms. He can walk on water. He can raise a dead back to life. He created the vast universe. He exist even before you exist!

There's no other name greater than the Name of Jesus. And if you, Yolanda, have some knees and if you could only speak , you will surely fold your knees and declare the wonder of His Name. FOR AT THE NAME OF JESUS, EVERY KNEE SHALL BOW AND EVERY TONGUE CONFESS THAT HE IS LORD!

There's nothing to be proud of. Why? Because God only allowed you to grow that big so that He could show His immense power to all people that He is greater over all, even you!

You see, my God is in control.

You are not something to be feared. But do you know what's even more frightening? It is not going through you (storm) but living without God.

Here's the Word of the Lord for His people:

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