Four persons accompanying a boy on a wheelchair entered a popular coffee shop in a hospital. Once seated, an elderly man who appeared to be the grandfather, patted the boy’s head and made faces to entertain him. A petite woman – I supposed to be the mother – lovingly caressed her son’s head and kissed him from time to time. Nothing was unusual in that scene except that the boy has an enormous head. Yet, he appeared to be enveloped in love.
In a rehab clinic where I often go for the treatment of my frozen shoulder, I saw a small boy carried by his grandfather while the father was trailing along…. continue reading..
A female therapist in the hospital’s rehab section was apologizing for something she got from the closet. Her fellow therapist dismissed her saying, “Okay lang yan, maliit na bagay”. (It’s fine, it’s nothing.)
Anticipating my moment of painful treatment (I was there for the rehab of my frozen shoulder.), I found those words comforting.
I realized that “Okay lang yan, maliit na bagay.”, is a good response to the many difficulties of life. Oftentimes we are offended by what people did or say to us. Our tendency is to magnify them causing undue emotional distress to us. But looking at them in the lens of “maliit na bagay” will dissipate… continue reading..
Passing by a charming house in my walking routine, I was startled by a loud banging sound. It was too early for a construction work, so I thought. I got curious as to what caused the unfamiliar sound. Behind the wrought iron gate of that charming house was a woman looking at me. And she has a forlorn face.
I stopped to greet her. She motioned to me to come in. I was wondering why she could not open the gate. Then came the helper who explained to me that she is not allowed to open the gate. “She has Alzheimer’s Ate.” So, that explains it. She wanted to get out but was… continue reading..
The Book of Ruth portrays the beautiful character of Naomi’s daughter-in-law named Ruth. When all the men in their family died, and famine was getting worse in Moab, Naomi decided to return to her native Israel. Ruth insisted in going with her saying, “your people shall be my people and your God my God”. Ruth not only went back with Naomi, she was also willing to go the extra mile for her mother-in-law. As a Moabite, she put herself in danger and humiliation when she gleaned wheat in the field of an Israelite. Ruth humbled herself and kept going the extra mile so she and Naomi could eat and live. The story ended… continue reading..
I have been privileged and honored to have known Ophelia, my
dear sister in the Lord. In the few times we’ve been together, I have seen
God’s marvelous grace at work in her life. She will continue to inspire me even
if she is no longer with us. For truly the “The
righteous will be remembered forever” (Psalm 112:6).
She gave up a prestigious career as a medical doctor (and
became the family doctor of the many), so she could care and raise up her two
boys by herself. Her support to her pastor-husband was unparalled. She was the
“Tabitha” of the church she loved so well. In the few times I saw her in their church,
I witnessed her untiring… continue reading..
My day begins in front of my computer and I let my thoughts come alive on white space. (I do this after making our bed – nice and smooth – and after washing my gut clean with two glasses of water. The first order of the day is to write an entry on my journal. I reflect on events that happened the day before, errands I did, people I met and other things in between. All of these remind me of God’s goodness to me every single day.
By the way, I have to tell you that my three children have left our nest and now flying high in the world of their… continue reading..
She was the “big” woman of the house with a commanding
presence that tells you “You better
behave!”. But it is not out of fear, but a complex mix of her personality
that draws you to her. She was Rosita Diaz Lasco. Just a mention of her name
triggers a heaviness that brings tears to my eyes. She died a week ago and I
just miss her – my mother-in-law.
I married her eldest son when we were yet juniors in UPLB. Suddenly all hopes of a bright future for her
son were crushed. Surely, it was not an easy emotion to dealt with. Yet, even
in the early years of our marriage, I only… continue reading..
pagmamahal, at pagpapasalamat ay tatlong mahahalagang bunga ng tunay na relihiyon.
Ang doktrina ng “pagpili” ay naghuhubog nito sa puso ng isang Kristiano.
Dahil sa kasalanan na namana ng sangkatauhan kay Adan, ang
patutunguhan ng bawat tao ay habang-buhay na pagdurusa sa impiyerno. Kung ang
makasalanan ay naligtas, ito ay hindi dahil sa siya ay karapat-dapat, kundi dahil
lamang sa mabiyayang pagpili ng Dios. “hindi
sa pamamagitan ng mga gawa, upang ang sinuman ay huwag magmalaki.” (Efeso
Ang “pagpili”, una sa lahat ay nagbubunga ng kababaang-loob sa isang mananampalataya. Walang mabuti na makikita sa atin ang Dios. Sa Kanyang harapan ay kagaya rin tayo ng taong masasama sa ating paligid,… continue reading..
Ipinakita ng Mangangaral sa Ecclesiastes 2 na hindi malalaman ng tao ang kahulugan ng buhay kung wala ang Dios. Walang saysay ang hahantungan ng buhay kung hanapin man ito sa karunungan, kayamanan, kasipagan, o kalayawan ng laman. Ang mga ito ay hindi magbibigay ng sagot sa malaking katanungan ng buhay.
Kaya’t namamanhik ang Mangangaral na sa halip ay dapat alalahanin ang Dios na Lumikha. Ito ay ang seryosong pagtalima sa Kanya. Dapat nating hanapin ang Dios sapagkat tayo ay Kanyang desenyo. Siya ang lumikha sa atin at kilala Niya ang ating buong pagkatao. Siya ay makapangyarihan at maaari tayong… continue reading..
IThe messenger woke up earlier than usual. He ate a big meal,
dressed up, and tucked his Bible in his old, black bag. He was ready to relay the
Word to God’s people and anticipated a fruitful day of worship.
After an hour of travel, he entered the worship hall on time
and greeted a few church members silently waiting for the Sunday school class
to begin. When he began to teach, a lot of seats remain unoccupied.
This is a common observation in many Christian churches. It is sad that attending Sunday school or Bible class has become an option for many. Of course, there are legitimate excuses for being late, but… continue reading..