"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