I remember times when I would look at other people and wish that I was just as tall, just as pretty, just as smart, just as rich or that my life was just as simple.
However, in the recent years, I have found myself counting my blessings more and appreciating my life more. I guess it's not just because I am now older and wiser, but also because of all the things that had been happening in the past few years.
Just recently, thousands of my countrymen experienced different calamaties, both natural and man-made and they all happened one after the other, with just a week or so in between. The most recent one was the super typhoon that hit Tacloban and other nearby provinces.
I'm sorry if I do not give much information here. Most of the time, I get too paranoid to even mention the things I fear the most.....and this is one of those times. It's just that everything had been terrible. I do not know how the victims of the different calamities will start over. I'm afraid to watch the news or to look at the pictures on the internet. I'm always afraid to go out of the house. I always want my loved ones within my eyesight.
But even if I feel this way, mixed in with the feelings of anxiety, fear and depression, is a feeling of gratitude for all the blessings God has bestowed upon me and all of my loved ones. I feel so unworthy and undeserving but I thank Him with all my heart for every little blessing, every breath, every joy, every victory (no matter how small and irrelevant) that He has blessed me and is continuing to bless me and all my loved ones with.
To all of you who read this blog and who've been worried about me, I want you to know that I am okay that with the grace of God all my loved ones are safe and well.
In the light of the recent events, let me share with you some pictures taken last Saturday.
|my son, talking with one of our fellow volunteers|
|my boys resting after some heavy lifting|
These pictures were taken at San Carlos Seminary where donations are accepted and repacked for shipping.
So you see, dear friends, I am okay, all of my loved ones are. God is so good!
Thank you very much for your concern. A lot of countries have sent and are still sending help, so to the readers of this blog who are from these countries-- USA, UK, France, Japan, Germany,Israel, and all the others, thank you very much for your generosity to our countrymen.
God is great and may He continue to bless us and keep us all safe.