Archive for December 7th, 2011

I can’t believe it! Although I know that Grace, a close friend whom I consider an older sister sent it last November 20 from Canada, I was not really expecting that it will arrive this early. I had that silly grin on my face when I heard the doorbell and saw the familiar face of the postman with a package in hand. I just knew that it was the book I’ve been waiting for. Miles To Go, the second in a series of books The Walk by Richard Paul Evans. I had the first copy, a mass market book which I bought from National Bookstore. They seldom carry Richard’s book and I was lucky enough to find one.  Miles To Go was published a few months back and when Grace heard that I am looking for one, she promised to send me a copy. How’s that for an early Christmas gift?  I just could not wait to read it.

Richard Paul Evans is an online friend at Facebook and is on my mailing list for a number of years now. He sends greetings during Christmas to his readers and sends updates on the latest book he’s writing. I love quoting him in a number of my blogs. And here’s something I want to share with you for a start.

“We plan our lives in long, unbroken stretches

that intersect our dreams the way

highways connect the city dots on a road map.

But in the end we learn that life is

lived in the side roads, alleys and detours.”

And every time I read a Richard Paul Evans book, I feel like I am close to the main characters he is portraying. When you feel the pain and the triumphs and the joys, you can truly say, Richard is the best.

Thank you Grace for this wonderful gift. I remember the first time I encountered his book  The Carousel and I quoted the first few lines of the book to you and you were hooked reading his books too.  You’re lucky though that you’ve read almost all of them whereas my earlier hardbound copies were destroyed by the flood two years ago. Thank you too for the lovely Christmas card you enclosed.


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“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.

For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” Matthew  11: 28-30

One of the loveliest and most meaningful texts is contained in today’s Gospel. Sometimes, it is hard to comprehend what’s God’s plan for us  but always, in the end, we get to see that He was there all along guiding us along the way, encouraging us when the going gets rough and whispering to our ears that we really could do it, no matter what obstacles there may be.  There are times when we feel that the load is too heavy to take and we also sometimes forget that if we just pray and unburden ourselves to Him, He will do the rest and He knows what is best for us.

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