Archive for June 24th, 2009

It was back in the 90’s when I was introduced to the Chicken Soup for the Soul books by the bestselling authors Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen.  I have about five volumes in my shelf, mostly gifts from close friends who are also book lovers like me.  I enjoyed every story contained in those books – stories that really warm the heart and uplift the soul. I even entertained the idea of contributing some articles back then but for some reason or another, they never materialized.  Every now and then, I go back reading those books though, life’s lessons are always touching, they give you that certain feel of being in touch with your inner self, they teach you to be the best of what you are and what you can become.

Last night, my daughter surprised me with a volume entitled Chicken Soup for Mother and Daughter Soul. It was on loan from their Stress  Management office.  So I began another journey – stories of a special bond between a mother and a daughter.  In the words of Jacqueline Mitchard, the author of The Deep End of the Ocean (another book in my TBR list); “the first bond, primal and durable and fraught, the relationship some of us believe will cut the pattern for all other relationship life ever offers, is displayed in this volume.  And the bear witness to motherhood and daughterhood in ways that we are powerless to resist. We laugh, we cry, we identify. We remember!” Oh yes, I could definitely relate.

I have a 26 year-old daughter, presently working as Asst. Manager in the oldest bank in the country.  I can still vividly recall the time she graced our lives one September morning  twenty six years ago.  I got complications when I got pregnant with her. It was touch and go for a while for both mother and child.  We prayed hard for her and it was an answered prayer.  During my seventh month of pregnancy, I was hospitalized due to pre-eclampsia. I stayed in the hospital for one long month until her birth was induced on the advise of my OB-Gyne.  She was a fragile baby, born prematurely at eight months, a tiny 3.9 lbs. at birth.  Looking back, I am reminded of the things we went through and I am very proud to have  a loving, sweet, and a very responsible daughter.

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I received this beautiful prayer from a close friend who lives in Vancouver.  I deeply appreciate all your moral support and words of encouragement.  Thank you!

Dear  Lord,

Every single evening
As I’m lying here in bed,
This tiny little Prayer
Keeps running through my head:

God  bless all my family
and loved ones
Wherever they may be,
Keep them warm
And safe from harm
For they’re so close to me..

And  God, there is one more thing
I wish that you could do;
Hope you don’t mind me asking,
Please bless my computer too.

Now I know that it’s unusual
To Bless a motherboard,
But listen just a second
While I explain it to you, Lord.

You see, that little metal box
Holds more than odds and ends;
Inside those small compartments
Rest so many of my friends.

I know so much about them
By  the kindness that they give,
And this little scrap of metal
Takes me in to where they live.

By faith is how I know them
Much the same as you.
We share in what life brings us
And from that our friendships grew..

Please take an extra minute
From your
duties up above,
To bless those in my address book
That’s filled with so much love.

Wherever else this prayer may reach
To each and every friend,
Bless each e-mail inbox
And each person who hits ‘send’.

When you update your Heavenly list
On your own Great CD-ROM,
Bless everyone who says this prayer
Sent up to GOD.com


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