This is one of those days when I could truly say, how time flies. I could not remember when I started blogging about greeting a new month and saying goodbye to the old one but I do remember that when I was in college, I had a friend (she still is and I consider her my older sister) who was so fond of greeting me “happy new month” every time we wrote to each other. Mind you, I am not exaggerating when I say that we used to write each other everyday on date due slips of the library. I think that added to my fondness for writing as well as learning how to read serious stuff when we were both assigned as Student Librarians at the Humanities Section of the UST Main Library. It kind of stuck so I adopted it to my blog.
Last night, I blogged about the first of September being a day where one usually hear Christmas songs on the radio. Do you think it’s a sort of ritual for them to greet the month happily with Christmas songs? Some people say that the Philippines celebrates Christmas the longest, from as early as September to as late as February the following year. The magical days are here again and I am just as happy greeting the new month with anticipation and cheer. May I greet you Merry Christmas in advance?
One year, almost!
A few days from now, I’ll be celebrating my first year of being one of the admins at the Catholic site AFCC, which I’ve been blogging about the past few weeks. It’s been a lovely journey, or should I say that it was a journey full of learning curves and inspirations. It was a journey that made a difference in my life. Looking back, I just could not forget the times I was just learning to adjust, not too comfortable with sharing my thoughts with people I don’t know about, but it’ s like blogging really, you share your ideas and thoughts to people you don’t know from Adam. The only difference is, some of the members of the group have become my friends. We have established a community where God is in the center of things. What a lovely way to spend a year sharing with others and believing in the goodness of everyone.
In our gathering last Saturday, August 27 at Bahay Dominiko, Fr. Louie had this ice-breaker wherein we were made to look for one thing that we didn’t like about the person next to us. It is easier to say a kind word to everyone than to look for faults, right? Will we be judged if we act like some perfectionists who can detect and see a flaw in someone’s physical look? I don’t think so because, just like everyone else, nobody is perfect. Then we have this segment wherein we were asked to write one word, it may be a name of a person, an object, an adjective or a noun, just one word. And someone would describe it. I got the word Faith. Wow, I said, it is one of my favorite words because I could really relate to it. I remember a quote which says:
God didn’t promise days without pain, laughter without sorrow, or sun without rain, but He did promise strength for the day, comfort for the tears, and light for the way. If God brings you to it, He will bring you through it.
And I remember those dark days when I was in the hospital battling with cancer – the uncertainty of knowing whether I am going to get well or not, the fear of the huge expenses my family and I have to incur, the insecurity of thinking, ” will I live or die?” But faith, that inner strength you have when faced with vicissitudes in life was stronger and it carried me through. Faith made me believe that I am going to get well, that I will live a normal life all over again. God’s miracles have no bounds for if He wills it, nothing is really impossible.
When September nears, Christmas won’t be far behind!