The recent unfortunate event that has befallen our kababayans in Mindanao, with the devastation and loss of loved ones and family members that Sendong left in its wake, thought me one valuable life lesson ~ to spend time with your loved ones as much as you can no matter how busy you are with your Desk Clerk Jobs. Call it fatalistic or what have you, but reality dictates that we never really know for sure what’s in store for us the next hour, the next day or week of our life that we ought to take advantage of whatever amount of precious time we can spend with our families and loved ones. It will probably help to have a “live today like it’s your last” kind of attitude to make sure that in the end we will not have to worry about that trip we did not take with our parents or that movie we failed to watch with our son or the coffee we failed to drink beside our partner.
Loving Father, you are our shelter and our hope. We come to you with hearts full of trust in your love and mercy.
We pray for the victims of tropical storm Sendong. May those who have lost homes and properties find shelter, enough food and clean water. Comfort those who are traumatized and those who are grieving for the loss of their families, neighbors and friends. Bless those who are sick and those who are injured that their health may be restored and their wounds cured. May you lead all who are stranded or lost back to those who love them. Guide the hands of the rescuers, the doctors and nurses and other volunteers and give them strength as they serve others with joy.
May this calamity bring people closer together, to help each other and to care for the environment. Give us the faith, the hope and the love to carry on. This we ask through Jesus Christ, Our Lord. Amen.