Footnotes & Fillings

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Tag: things learned

Pahinga

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Rest if you must, but do not quit.

Kuya Daniel Razon, philanthropist and veteran broadcaster

His Awaited Trip

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His eyes, bleary and tired
He closed them once to find
For a while some peace
Away from hustles and hurries
He opened them, only to see,
“Oh, I have missed
My most awaited trip!”
He cried, and did he mourn hard!
But the city wind whispered,
“Boy, wait you must,
And worry you must not.
It may be a trip not meant
For you to grasp and take.”
His eyes, once bleary and tried
He kept them open, he realized
“I have learned, faith we must;
Things happen accordingly
To those who believe and trust.”

The Wait

She waits
She looks down
Oh, it sure is lovely,
The scene!
The brightness of beauty,
The yellow and green!

She waits
And at times,
The cold wind visits
And at times, hunts.

It sure is arduous
To fight the cold!
It sure is arduous
To fight the beauty
Of temporal bliss!

But while she is here
She will keep her faith:
The glory of things
Yet to be seen
Is beyond the sufferings
Of the battle she is in.

She knows
She learned
That glory is
Worth the wait.

Sojourners

Focus on the vast sky,
Up in the highest zenith,
He is there,
The best inspiration
Us, sojourners, could have.
Look up with trust
Faithfully fight
              The distraction, bafflement                
Of roads, bumpy
And wires, entangled-
It is only for a while,
It is only for a while.
The peace we will have
Up in the highest zenith
With Him there-
We know, it will be endless
We believe, it will be endless.

Nothing but the Best

A great wisdom I have learned through beloved preachers, Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon:

God deserves the best in us!

Nothing to offer but the best. Nothing to say but “Amen!” and “With God’s help!”. With this by heart, I wish we could all have great days spent serving Him.

God bless,
Emmy

An Impeccable Replacement

Replace anger and bitterness
With overflowing forgiveness

A Cherished Learning: Offering Thanksgiving to God

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Photo from MCGI.org

Many years ago, when I was around seven years old, there was one occasion that until now I preciously treasure in my memory box. As far as I can remember, it was the first time I set my feet on the stage of the Ang Dating Daan Convention Center. I was with my fellow children then, dressed in vibrant blue and white dresses and suits, singing and dancing to an upbeat praise song. We were there, offering thanksgiving to God.

Yes, we were young and innocent then, but who says we cannot offer and extend our gratitude to our Creator?

Through Members Church of God International (MCGI) leaders Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon, the children’s ministry called Kawan ng Cordero (KNC) was organized as an avenue for people at the early age for learning spiritual wisdom, and Christian songs and dances. And it was through this endeavor that we were sent to that stage, blessedly saying our Thank You’s to God.

We thanked God for our allowances and delicious meals prepared by our parents for school; for our talents of drawing, singing, and dancing; for passing periodical tests; for the kindest families and friends He gave to us; for adding another day to our lives. Indeed, we thanked God for the simplest reasons.

Clocks ticked. It has been twelve years since that day of thanksgiving. It has also been three years since I was baptized in the Church. In those years, through the spiritual dishes regularly served by Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel, God has let me understand and know the deeper reasons for offering thanksgiving. From the mere fact that I exist to the highest calling of God, I have learned and realized that we have all the reasons to be grateful and let people witness this unending appreciation.

Recounting those years that passed, I cannot help but be humbled. I know, without God’s permission, I could not have set my feet on that stage again in the other thanksgiving programs of MCGI. Without His mercy, I could have been buried in shame because of my sins. Without His loving kindness, I could not have known how to express my sincerest gratitude.

It is a truly a cherished wisdom, the wisdom of offering thanksgiving. Learning this, I am able to do one of the few things men can do for God. And this one-of-its kind knowledge is a blessing that could not be bought by any amount of money. Having this kept in my heart since those KNC days, I know, with all the blessings and tribulations I have, I somehow can repay.

Even though no words can translate what I feel, I still thank God for letting me write this.

The Great Helper

Faces–
Sober and staid
Traces
Of fear, pain
Remain
Steadfast in faith
Somebody–
A Great Somebody–
Is there
To always
Help and aid.

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One February Night

 One February night,

She gazed at the sky adorned with twinkling dots

Then streams of tears

          fell from her eyes

That pair of eyes you can’t visibly spot

Where unspoken feelings reside, where deep emotions hide

She started to count those twinkling dots

And realized that like her tears, those she can’t all count

But she knows of a Great Someone who can number

Those moans and cries, those blinks and flickers

With that, all the more she recognized, How great He is! How great He is!

Looking upon the spotted evening blanket

Memories unforgettable flashed in her mind

Poignant, blissful

H ea r t                          and  heartwarming

bre a king,

They spark as the night sky jewels do, giving a gratifying sensation—

At all times- high and low- she was aided by that Great Someone

With Him, she was able to cope; with Him, her eyes are filled with hope

Later on, she again cried, How great He is! How great He is!

And as one star will soon outshine the tiny, twinkling dots

She will always have with her the picture of that evening

When she cried a river of thankful tears

Which soothed away her lingering fears

And if in this world, she’d have to have some more weeping

She would just gaze at that sky adorned with unfathomable wonders

Where tears will be wiped, where pain will no longer be felt

And where eternally, she could shout

How great He is!

How great He is!

How great He is!