A Christmas prayer

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Tuesday, December 24, 2013


WE DRAW closer to Christmas eve and so we spend quiet hours to ponder on Christmases past, praying that in the coming Christmases, our people will no longer shed buckets of tears in despair, all at the same time.

May the country be spared from more disasters, and if that?s too much to ask, then at least for our people and our leaders to become more adept at preventive measures to reduce deaths and injury.

May we learn the lessons from past disasters that this is all about living light and living in the light. Material things don't matter much if everything will be destroyed around us. Material things will become nothing but debris, but with one's life, we can rebuild, we can start anew.

There will be difficult days ahead, yes, but with every challenge, we just have to become stronger. May we take on this path for greater strength of will, of hope, of faith as we gather together the family, or what is left of it, to celebrate Christ?s birth.

May all that our people have been through these past years bring us to realizations that will challenge not our physical being but our spiritual growth.

There is so much to learn, there is so much to do, let it be that we learn and do without the dersire to accumulate material things just because it's out there advertised for us to buy; or because we are being enticed to partake of the avarice of those who have the means to rob the coffers dry.

Let it be that we desire to accumulate more love for each other, our children, our friends, and members of our families, and all those less fortunate than us as we look forward to a new year and another Christmas full of joy. Let it be that we go beyond just expressing our love, but making sure that all those who cling on to an avaricious life at our people's expense be exposed as though, so that no way will they ever be allowed to lead us again to eternal perdition, amen.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on December 24, 2013.

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