July 28, 2010

on faith without doubt

“A faith without some doubts is like a human body without any antibodies in it. People who blithely go through life too busy or indifferent to ask hard questions about why they believe as they do will find themselves defenseless against either the experience of tragedy or the probing questions of a smart skeptic. A person’s faith can collapse almost overnight if she has failed over the years to listen patiently to her own doubts, which should only be discarded after long reflection.”

- Tim Keller, "The Reason for God"

July 26, 2010

Awesome 28

It's been an awesome 28 years with the simply awesome GOD.

The future can only be better. :)

It does one well to treat each day as a "birthday" --- if only to realize that one is special, and to be thankful for the One who makes each day and each person special.

On my Facebook wall, two friends greeted me with, "Happy na, birthday pa!" (Loosely translated as, "You're not just happy, it's your birthday too!") Indeed, indeed. :)

May we all be as blessed, more and more. With God, each day simply gets better. :)

July 8, 2010

The Only Exception

Horns and engines in the streets.
Gossip in the jeepney.
Traffic light turns red and everything falls silent.
An appliance store is playing Paramore's "The Only Exception".

I was an atheist-rocker-romance-hater-teenage-girl who really wanted red hair – just like Paramore vocalist Hayley Williams.

“The Only Exception” says it all. :)

I've posted this song before and I thank God for playing this again for me this morning.

I am loved. Loved by the Perfect One.

And this is the only reason that I can love others, and respond to their love as well.

Hayley sings, “I promised I'd never sing of love, if it doesn't exist.”

But she is singing, and so am I. :)

July 7, 2010

How does one please the King of kings?

“The LORD takes pleasure in those who fear Him
in those who hope in His steadfast love.”

- Psalm 147:11

July 1, 2010

Do you not know?

Perhaps, perhaps...
... Cinderella's stepsisters were not cruel out of choice,
but rather out of ignorance.

"Forgive them," a Man once said,
a Man who did nothing wrong
yet was sent to die in the most brutish way possible,
"Forgive them for they know not what they do."

Perhaps "they" don't know
that there's a better way to live;
that it is strength, not weakness,
to admit mistakes,
to serve others,
to love.

Perhaps they don't know
the One who is able to do all these
the One who can enable us to do all these...

Perhaps they know, but have forgotten.

What about me? Do I know God?

Knowing Who I know
makes it easier to forgive those who do not know (or have forgotten)
and hope that they would know (or remember) Him too.

They say, "To err is human, to forgive is divine."
Perhaps the very act of receiving forgiveness
for doing what one knows not,

would lead one to the One
whom one knew not.