Posted by julie @ 11:34 am

With so much suffering around in the aftermath of Typhoon Ondoy, those who were spared from what others are going through utter a sigh of relief and thanksgiving prayer.

How do we say “Thank You, Lord” during these times?

I find it ironic but sometimes I do this myself: compare what I am going through with others.

“Thank you, Lord for you have spared us from suffering whereas other people are going through very rough times.”

“Thank you, Lord for protecting my family from harm. I pray for those who are in danger, may Your loving Hands protect them and keep them from harm. May the rescuers find them and be able to help them.”

Is this how we should pray? How I should pray?

Not only prayers. Even with the small things that we are thankful for we tend to compare ourselves with others.

“Pasalamat ka nakakapasyal ka, yung ibang bata hindi nakakapunta sa mga ganitong lugar”

“Pasalamat tayo sa Diyos at mabuti nga may nakakakain tayo kahit yan lang, yung iba walang silang makain.”

Unfair.

We find comfort and thank God with our situation because others are suffering?

So, how should we thank God then in times like this?

Maybe just plain, “Thank you, Lord.”

Posted by teacherjulie @ 10:02 pm

All Things Bright and Beautiful by Cecil Frances Alexander.

All things bright and beautiful, all creatures great and small, all things wise and wonderful: the Lord God made them all.

Each little flower that opens, each little bird that sings, God made their glowing colors, and made their tiny wings.

The purple-headed mountains, the river running by, the sunset and the morning that brightens up the day.

The cold wind in the winter, the pleasant summer sun, the ripe fruits in the garden: God made them everyone.

God gave us eyes to see them, and lips that we might tell how great is God Almighty, who has made all things well.

Posted by teacherjulie @ 11:41 am

It was a perfect day to celebrate Easter Sunday. My daughters and I went to join the women’s group procession with Mary who will “meet” her son, the Risen Lord, as what the Catholic faithfuls practice on Easter Sunday.

The mass was solemn. The choir sang wonderful songs. We were all witnesses to the different sky colors changing as time moved on. The full moon and stars still visible in the sky as the sun slowly crept high and completely changed everything.

And what is the significance of this day? Easter Sunday is a day that Christians remember how Jesus resurrected from the dead to fulfill His promise of salvation. That in itself, is the very essence of Christianity.

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