“O, Holy night, the stars are brightly shining,
it is the night of our dear Saviour’s birth…”
Sang this very beautiful Christmas Carol last night in our church’s Christmas Dinner party, as well as in this morning’s service.. but instead of a calm heart, tears rolled down my cheeks… i apologize for having to share my emotions right now. i know i try my best to keep a positive, cheerful note in most of my blogs, but maybe not so much this time.
>my beloved country, the Philippines was struck by another killer flood due to typhoon Pablo (internationally designated as Typhoon Bopha) claiming about more than 500 lives and still rising. it is a flashback of what happened in Ormoc in November, 1991 (The Ormoc Tragedy of 1991) where an estimated 8,000 lives were claimed.. of Ondoy (Hurricane Ketsana), in 2009,, and many many similar natural calamities all over the world.
photos: inquirer.net & newshour24.com
>i never followed Pacquiao’s boxing career, but just this morning, i heard the news that he lost his match against the mexican Marquez, in what they call a cold knock out. this will greatly affect poor Filipinos who tend to idolize Pacquiao despite going through hardship, it’s the one thing that uplifts their spirit especially in trying times, and then this….
in addition, “O, Holy Night” happened to be one of my dear mother’s favorite Christmas Carols.. i can imagine her humming or singing the tune, complete with her waving hand like conducting a choir, with eyes closed and a smile on her face, and hips a-swaying to the melodious tune….. i miss her so much.
“Long lay the world, in sin and error pining,
’til He appeared and the soul felt its worth.
A thrill of HOPE, the weary world rejoices,
for yonder breaks, a NEW AND GLORIOUS MORN….
i pray that rejoicing will still abound this Christmas, despite all sad news that we hear. there is always hope, for a firm ground to stand on, a lesson to learn in every hardship.
May the peace of God be with us always. May HOPE be alive in our hearts as we wait on the Lord. Amen.
Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.