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.”
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.”