May 16, 2010

elijah moments

there are times we don't need flashy miracles or awesome signs.

there are times we just need His presence... hear His still, small voice.

May 15, 2010

The true light is already shining :)

"Its truth is seen in him and you,
because the darkness is passing
and the true light is already shining."

- 1 John 2:8

Watch City of Ember. :)

May 14, 2010

crystal balls, crystal clear

When you're given a glimpse of a wonderful future,

wouldn't you be impatient?

But the best way to get there is one day at a time...

May 8, 2010

A Prayer for Righteousness

A Prayer for Righteousness

I pray for righteousness, O God,

in our beloved Philippines,

in the land of our birth.

For so long we have looked

at what our leaders do, or not,

at what our leaders can, or not.

We are so quick to blame them

for everything that goes wrong;

We are so quick to forget

every good thing they have done.

Forgive us, O God,

we, the citizens of the Philippines.

Long have we pointed or overlooked

our leaders' transgressions

yet refuse to change our own ways.

Long have we blamed our leaders

without taking responsibility for our own misdeeds.

Long have we suffered, and know it,

yet choose every day

the easier way,

to continue the way of slaves.

I pray for Your righteousness, O God,

for our leaders
but more importantly
for the rest of us.

Enlighten and enable us to do right

as parents, as children,

as teachers, as students,

as workers, neighbors, friends,

as leaders, as followers,

as one nation.

Lead us to the right path, O God,

forgive us for going astray.

Be the light in our midst

in the work of our hands

in the fruit of our crops.

May we indeed honor and live for You,
our One True King.

Amen and Amen.

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May 3, 2010

Lanie's Song

"The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away;
may the name of the LORD be praised."
--- Job 1:21

Last week, I went to the wake of the sister of my friend Lanie. This sister died of complications in giving birth to a son, who also died.

The TV show "Glee" being so popular nowadays, my only personal recollection of our high school Glee Club was Lanie practicing some church songs. Ick, I used to think.

But that night, I heard her sing again.

The songs Lanie and her friends sang were beautiful. Ipinagmamalaki kong Pilipino ako; nakalimutan kong ang dami pala nating magandang kanta tungkol sa Diyos at sa pag-ibig Niya sa atin.

But for Lanie to sing given the circumstances?


Lan, thank God you're finding your strength in Him. May His Presence, His love and peace surround and comfort you all.

Hugs and kisses,

Praise the LORD.
Praise the LORD, O my soul.
I will praise the LORD all my life;
I will sing praise to my God as long as I live.
--- Psalm 146:1-2

Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?"

"Yes, Lord," she told Him, "I believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, who was to come into the world."
--- John 11:25-27

May 2, 2010

They Say...

They say, "Stolen water is sweet,"
But I say, "Fresh water is sweeter, and brings life even."

They say, "Sooner or later, you'll return (down here),"
But I say, "You never belonged there. Welcome home."

They say, "You can't do it."
But I say, "Jesus has already overcome. We have already won; we're already free."

They say, "Goodbye."
But I say, "Hello."

Hey. =)

But the path of the righteous is like the light of dawn,
which shines brighter and brighter until full day.
--- Proverbs 4:18

Drink water from your own cistern,
flowing water from your own well.
Should your springs be scattered abroad,
streams of water in the streets?
Let them be for yourself alone,
and not for strangers with you.
Let your fountain be blessed,
and rejoice in the wife of your youth,
a lovely deer, a graceful doe.
Let her breasts fill you at all times with delight;
be intoxicated always in her love.
Why should you be intoxicated, my son, with a forbidden woman
and embrace the bosom of an adulteress?
For a man’s ways are before the eyes of the LORD,
and He makes level all his paths.
--- Proverbs 5:15-21