Sunday, April 25, 2010

The Calling

My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me; and I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish, and no one shall snatch them out of my hand.
John 10:27-28


I was told by a priest that "there are many ways to serve God" and serving God is not always what we have in mind.


Serving God is the ultimate purpose of our creation, but God I believe did not create us to be his slave to serve Him.

Serving God is one way of showing our gratefulness for all the blessings that he gave us, but God I presume  expect us to share those blessings to all his creation.

And serving God is a calling that most of his creation should heed and yet chose to ignore, but God I assume is patiently waiting for us to make that decision to follow our calling.


Prayer indeed is good,
but while calling on the gods
a man should himself lend a hand.
Hippocrates
[460 BC - 377 BC]


Saturday, April 24, 2010

Celebrate Life

Two years have passed and I am still grieving for the lost of my little one. It was the most devastating experience I had so far as a wife and a mother. But I was thankful for that life inside me though I wasn't able to really feel it, I knew right then that I was blessed. And though it was such a short experience of motherhood, I was still grateful that I had it. I celebrated life and though it has never come to full term, I still celebrated the miracle of life.

My loss is not a curse but a blessing. A blessing because, I was able to appreciate life more. A blessing because I was given a chance to create life even for just a short period of time. I am blessed with a little angel who is watching over me now. And I am happy that through trust and faith... I was able to carry on.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Tagged... Sprung

Spring is in the air and it's hard to ignore. Even if it snowed a couple of days ago still spring is hard to miss.

This photo was taken in our backyard when I was once inspecting for some proof of life after the snow has melted down.


Like life... this branch of tree gives me hope for a better future. Like hope... it fuels my heart with burning desire to face the morrow. And like desire... it fires up my soul with undying faith not for miracle to happen but for the blessings I deserve.

I was tagged... by Hard Working Judy. And I thank God for this blessing of a new found friend. Her faith in my writing led her to this website. And so I am doing this photo tag that has these following....

RULES:
1.Look through your photo archives for the chosen blog and pull out the tenth photo you posted.
2.Tell us a little about it.
3.Tag five more players.
4.Let the fun begin!

And now I am tagging these following people whom I know are gifted people of unwavering faith in their God-given talents.

1. Chie... of WhereAbouts
2. ButteryFly... of Every Thought Counts
3. Lam ... of My Public Secrets
4. Carlota... of Dashing Smile
5. Kulasa... of The Letters in November

Sunday, April 18, 2010

On Trusting

"He said to him the third time, "Simon, son of John, do you love me?" Peter was grieved because he said to him the third time, "Do you love me?" And he said to him, "Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you." Jesus said to him, "Feed my sheep."John 21:17

Peter is willing to do anything for Jesus simply because he trusts him... he knows him... and he loves him. At hindsight... does trust go hand-in-hand with faith... acceptance... and love? Peter is willing to sacrifice everything for the love of God. He is willing to sacrifice for Jesus not because he is his friend but because he trust his friend. He is willing to do anything even die for him [which eventually happened according to the Bible] not only to prove that he accepted his faith but because his faith made him capable of accepting his savior. And he is willing to do everything not because he loves Jesus... but because he knows that Jesus loves him back.

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Trust. Is it too expensive to give or to cheap to keep? Is given as a hunch or grabbed as a prize bag? Or is it as precious as gold or as meaningless as tin can?


Sometimes we trust out of basic instinct. Sometimes we trust out of pity. And sometimes we trust out of common sense.


Are people who can easily trust another person... gifted? Are they more compassionate compared with people who are having a hard time trusting? Or are they just more understanding of people in general.


Is trust a virtue? I believe it's highly debatable. There will be an explosion of opinions and personal justification if we will discuss this. But one thing is certain and I so believe that...  Trust is a gift. However, gift is earned and is given. It may be easy to trust someone who are more adorable and lovable... or someone who is a family or friend... or somebody who is more powerful and generous. But still... trusting always comes with a dash of faith.



When I'm trusting and being myself...
everything in my life reflects this by falling into place easily,
often miraculously.
Shakti Gawain


Sunday, April 11, 2010

Faith

"Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet believe." John 20:29

Faith... that's all we need to believe. That's all we need to see what is not before our eyes. That's all we need to take what is not handed to us. And that's all we need to face life's challenges.


Faith... it's all that matters when we are losing hope. It is all that matters when we are losing grip of our senses. It is all that matters when we are having a hard time accepting our destiny. And it is all that matters when we are confronted with our false judgment.


Faith... it's either we have it or we lost it. We believe because we hope. We don't believe because we gave up on hope. And we hope that it is what really give us the strength to live.


Where faith is there is courage, there is fortitude, there is steadfastness and strength... Faith bestows that sublime courage that rises superior to the troubles and disappointments of life, that acknowledges no defeat except as a step to victory; that is strong to endure, patient to wait, and energetic to struggle... Light up, then, the lamp of faith in your heart... It will lead you safely through the mists of doubt and the black darkness of despair; along the narrow, thorny ways of sickness and sorrow, and over the treacherous places of temptation and uncertainty.
-James Allen


Sunday, April 4, 2010

Holy Bunnies

This is the time of the year dedicated to one special creature... the bunny. Easter is the special time of the year when the bunnies are put to work.

I am not really that familiar with the bunny except with the idea that it brings colorful eggs and that's all about it. This guy has no gimmick like Santa with all his famous grand entrance from the chimney. It did not make a name for himself by bringing another creature into a limelight like... again, Santa who made Rudolf an instant success. Bunny guy uses no paraphernalia that you can really associate with him like Cupid with his bow and arrow. I mean, what's up with the eggs? We all know that rabbits don't lay eggs, right? Oh well, whatever the reason is, he has this day to be remembered. So, I have to do it.

This is an entirely new tradition for me. The Easter Bunny is not really popular from where I came from. And from where I came from, we are more into religious traditions and pagentry. And I like it. I missed it. But since I am in a new country now. I have to get to know Bunny for now. I have to adapt to this tradition and be a part of it. So Happy Easter to everyone... may you get lots of nice colorful eggs. Whatever that is for.

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Anticipation

Life is full of anticipation.

I waited all winter for spring [as I have mentioned several times in some of my posts across my blogs.] Now that spring is here... I am waiting for summer. And as predictable as I am... I will be waiting for fall in summer... then winter in fall... and the craziness goes on and on and on.

Life is full of anticipation.

I have waited for weeks for this bulb to bloom. I visit it everyday. Take photos everyday. And even found myself talking to it everyday... asking to hurry up. Rain or shine I wait and wait and wait.

Life is full of anticipation.

This holiday season. The most holy and most anticipated season of all in the religious calendar is not only full of anticipation. It is the season of hope for the all the sinners like me. It is the season where sinners like me turned repentants. It is the season where sinners like me rise above from the weaknesses of human nature. It is the season where sinners like me learn to forgive and hope to be forgiven.

Life if full of anticipation.

Let us stop for a few moment to anticipate the outpouring of blessings despite our limitation. Let us forgive and ask for forgiveness for all the shortcomings we cause each others. With great anticipation... let us keep the faith and believe once again in the power of love.


Happy Easter Everyone!


One of the most delightful things about a garden
is the anticipation it provides.
~ W. E. Johns ~

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