Luab: Father, heal our land-A A +A
Saturday, September 7, 2013
LAST Sunday, the hymn that the church congregation sang during Holy Communion was Father Heal Our Land. I found the song very timely. When the lines I bow my knee and cry for help came, I added my two bits worth by saying: “Oh Lord, without your help, we cannot get through this present situation.”
Just exactly where are we at today? We have become a suspicious, doubting, quibbling and mistrustful group of people!
When (Janet Lim) Napoles surfaced for the first time, the questions the reporters threw at Presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda were oftentimes rude. These were said through innuendoes that hinted at special coddling, probable whitewash, and possibly shy shenanigans at the Palace, oftentimes pushing Lacierda to the wall in the hope they could make him lose his cool. Thank God, he insisted on the truth instead of allowing them to rile him.
Then here comes (Rodolfo “Jun”) Lozada who keeps repeating that he has been betrayed and that he feels cheated. Does seeking out the truth consist of a betrayal? Shouldn’t we be happy that there now is an investigation to get evidence to use in a court of law to punish the ones at fault no matter who they are?
While it is true that the wheels of justice take time to grind, nevertheless it does grind. In the meantime, we need to pray, to ask God, to take care of us in these stressful times, when grandstanding, when pride or when darkness covers our light. For a nation struggling to achieve a rebirth, we all have to suffer birthing pains. Can we work together instead of being so cynical?
Maybe it is good to reflect now on what has happened to the reputation of the men whose names have been linked to the Priority Development Assistance Fund scam. Gentlemen, you were once revered by a nation who looked up to you. You were up, up there, on a pedestal during the Edsa Revolution. For some, even during your time as superstars in the world of show business, you had fame, money, comforts of life and a good standing in the eyes of the people. Where are you now? Let us hope that this serves as a lesson to all who believe that they can cover or keep hidden what is done with ill intent!
Maybe this should also serve as a warning to spouses who play with fire, who flirt and believe that one-night stands can be forgotten or may be forgiven.
I would like to share an example of a happening ages ago, which cured a male friend of mine from his shenanigans. One very late night while passing by Patria [de Cebu], he saw just outside the building two of his young daughters waiting for a taxi. The two young ones came from a bowling tournament and it was way past midnight.
He stopped [his car] and angrily asked, “What do you think you are doing here at this time of the night?”
When one of the daughters opened the door to the front seat, she answered, “Who is this woman sitting in your car?” Banging the door, she pulled her sister away from the car and they walked away.
My friend had forgotten that in his concern for his daughters, he forgot that he had a prostitute in the front seat of the car.
His two daughters did not go home that night. His wife left him the following day and joined his two daughters in the home of his mother-in-law. It took months of mediation through a priest friend before the family got together again. You know what was ironic about the situation? The marriage has never been the same. The aura of mistrust has lingered on.
I know for sure that the healing of our land cannot take place without God’s help. However, we should always remember that we are a praying nation. We’ve shown in the past that when we spend time on our knees and pray with all our hearts, our Heavenly Father listens and takes pity on us.
Please join me every day as we pray: “Father, please heal our land. We are many who pray for your grace to guide us in our move to effect change.
In our brokenness, we have leaders who are trying their best.
“Please, help all of us who are trying so hard in our own small way to be the kind of Filipinos worth dying for.”
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on September 08, 2013.