Sunday, September 27, 2009

the cold-hearted ondoy

grabeh! is all i can say for how ondoy acted in the Philippines. truly its an eye opener. but the question is will it be? i mean for me, it's a realization of how dirty and super polluted the Philippines has become. and it's another reminder of how gracious God is. it reminded me that life is so valuable, you must not take it for granted. savor each moment you have with your family. do not burden yourself with problems, instead face them with the security that you have someone by you side taking every hard beaten step of life.

in times like this, status in life becomes a void. it does not matter if your rich or poor, you are all facing the same calamity and life is life. no amount of money nor power will ever save one except the power God has. it's so sad to know that after all this, people will go back to their old habits, and just put it aside. we are so used to freedom that we take things for granted. we are used to having it our way. that's why mother nature is striking its revenge through these landslides and flood.
someone sent me an email that made think, oo nga noh? do people say thank you to God after receiving their blessings? i know that most of the people who will read this are those fortunate people, who are not having a problem eating or sleeping in today's situation. so i hope you can take time to reflect on God's grace and take this opportunity to thank Him and if it is possible ask Him to use you to reach out to others as well. the more people the better.

so here's the email.. God bless.


BE THANKFUL FOR EVERYTHING!

WHAT HAPPENS IN HEAVEN
This is one of the nicest e-mails I have seen and is so true:
I dreamt that I went to Heaven and an angel was showing me around. We walked side-by-side inside a large workroom filled with angels. My angel guide stopped in front of the first section and said, 'This is the Receiving Section. Here, all petitions to God said in prayer are received. '

I looked around in this area, and it was terribly busy with so many angels sorting out petitions written on voluminous paper sheets and scraps from people all over the world.

Then we moved on down a long corridor until we reached the second section.
The angel then said to me, ' This is the Packaging and Delivery Section. Here, the graces and blessings the people asked for are processed and delivered to the living persons who asked for them.. ' I noticed again how busy it was there. There were many angels working hard at that station, since so many blessings had been requested and were being packaged for delivery to Earth.

Finally at the farthest end of the long corridor we stopped at the door of a very small station. To my great surprise, only one angel was seated there, idly doing nothing. 'This is the Acknowledgment Section,'my angel friend quietly admitted to me. He seemed embarrassed. 'How is it that there is no work going on here?' I asked.

'So sad,' the angel sighed. 'After people receive the blessings that they asked for, very few send back acknowledgments. '

'How does one acknowledge God's blessings? ' I asked.

'Simple,' the angel answered. Just say, ' Thank you, Lord. '

'What blessings should they acknowledge? ' I asked.

'If you have food in the refrigerator, clothes on your back, a roof overhead and a place to sleep you are richer than 75% of this world. If you have money in the bank, in your wallet, and spare change in a dish, you are among the top 8% of the world 's wealthy.'

'And if you get this on your own computer, you are part of the 1% in the world who has that opportunity. '

'If you woke up this morning with more health than illness ... You are more blessed than the many who will not even survive this day.'

'If you have never experienced the fear in battle, the loneliness of imprisonment, the agony of torture, or the pangs of starvation .. You are ahead of 700 million people in the world. '

'If you can attend a church without the fear of harassment, arrest, torture or death you are envied by, and more blessed than, three billion people in the world.. '

'If your parents are still alive and still married ..you are very rare. '

'If you can hold your head up and smile, you are not the norm, you're unique to all those in doubt and despair.'

Ok, what now? How can I start?

If you can read this message, you just received a double blessing in that someone was thinking of you as very special and you are more blessed than over two billion people in the world who cannot read at all.
Have a good day, count your blessings, and if you care to, pass this along to remind everyone else how blessed we all are.

ATTN: Acknowledge Dept.
'Thank you Lord, for giving me the ability to share this message and for giving me so many wonderful people with whom to share it. '

If you have read this far, and are thankful for all that you have been blessed with, how can you not send it on???? I thank God for everything, especially all my family and friends.