I’m supposed to post an update from the Typhoon Bopha / Pablo but have been sidetracked by things and left it unfinished.
Anyway, two days after the typhoon hit my home town I was able to talk to my mother but before that I got a text from her and my sister with the news that everything is alright. Our house remained standing after the signal #3. According to my mom to spare herself from stress, she closed the windows and started cooking but she can hear the winds. There were 6 reported fatalities.
On the other side of the island where typhoon made landfall, victims are still waiting for relief to come by. Devastation, loss of life, source of income and simply the way of living is as such that some people left, evacuate from their homes for good. These people mostly come from Davao Oriental where livelihoods are from banana and coconut plantation.
Aside from an update from the typhoon, this is also serves as remembrance as the 1st year anniversary of Typhoon Washi / Sendong that hit Mindanao especially Cagayan de Oro and Iligan last year.
I remember it, as if it only happened yesterday. The horror of the images I saw from the people swept by the flashfloods will be forever etched in my memory.
I have been amiss in my obligations as a Christian. I have not been a good disciple for quite some time. I have judged, cursed, used your name in vain and questioned my existence. I am only but human, with its limitations and inadequacies.
No matter how I have been, you still have gifted me with the most wonderful treasure, my children.
I thank you dear Lord God for giving me the reason to go on living. The reason to wake up each morning with a bright smile. The wonderful treasures that you have given me is more than enough compensation for all the perceived hurts, heartaches that I went through to be in my position now.
The treasures that you have entrusted me sometimes challenges me to a screaming point but a single tear drop that fall from their eyes is like a thousand daggers piercing my heart. No pain from betrayal, broken heart equates that.
Amongst our daily lives, good and bad things can happen. And I not only thank you Lord for my children but also for keeping us safe. My husband who works hard for us. Our parents and our siblings. Our extended families. You have kept us in your bosom, safe and away from any harm.
With this I offer more prayers O Lord, for those people who are in the midst of turmoil, Syria, the Gaza strip, for all victims of atrocities, natural disasters and man made ones, people who’ve been involved and or affected by accidents and the tragedy that just happened in Newtown, Connecticut. I know that what I have mentioned here is only a tiny speck as compared to the rest of the world and that there are a lot more things happening that we will never know. I pray that You give them strength and they be comforted by your words.
With bowed head O Lord God I pray that you continue to be present in our daily lives. That you keep us firmly in your loving arms. I ask forgiveness for all of my sins. I have no excuse not even that of being a human with free will.
I am sorry and thank you.