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It should not surprise us that, at the end of a journey, our destination looks different than we imagined at the beginning. It  looks different up close.

I’ve missed you guys. It’s been a while. I got so engrossed reading that I was not so inclined to blog. Christmas stories, fiction or not are always the best reads during the Season. They give you that lift, something that inspire and teach the heart to appreciate simple things in life and enjoy those moments that are sometimes  overlooked in this busy cosmos that we live in.

There is one author that I’ve blogged about more than I can count.  He is an online friend at Facebook. Several years ago, I came across one of his books at National Bookstore but a P600 plus  price tag back then was so expensive for me. I bought it just the same. The first paragraph got me hooked, it was a love affair with Richard Paul Evan’s books since then. His books are not normally carried here so most of the copies that I have are gifts from friends who know  my penchant for collecting his works.  Too bad, I lost some of them five years ago when we were  hit by the disastrous typhoon Ondoy. A week ago, I was talking to a friend thru Viber when she said that she bought two copies of The Mistletoe Promise, the latest book of Richard Paul Evans. It’s one more lovely gift to add to my collection. A bookworm that I am, I searched the net if I could download an e-book copy. I finished it all in one day and he had me crying not because it was a sad story but it was so beautiful, uplifting and warmed my heart more than I care to admit. Richard’s books often make me cry. A story of redemption, forgiveness and love – subjects that I could wholeheartedly relate to. By the way, The Mistletoe Promise is a Christmas love story. I won’t attempt to make a review here, it’s for you to discover.  Richard has just started a blog and he is asking his readers  how often we want him to update it. I said I won’t mind reading a weekly post from him.

Do you keep a journal? I know some of you do. I just added a few wonderful quotes from Richard’s book. He said and I quote, “Anyone can open a book, not everyone can appreciate the beauty of the writing.” What I remember most though are these lines, “Everyone needs an emotional foxhole. A place to hide when life’s storms hit”. Even in the darkness of days, there are oases of joy.

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.…and if our lives are but a single flash in the dark  hollow of eternity, then, if, but for the briefest of moments, we shine – then how brilliantly our light has burned.

and as the starlight knows no boundary of space or time, so, too, our illumination will shine forth throughout all eternity,  for darkness has no power to quell such light. and this is a lesson we must all learn and take to heart – that all light is eternal and all love is light. and it must forever be so.

I just finished reading The Christmas Box Collection  by Richard Paul Evans, three novels in one book. A re-read actually but it never fails to fascinate me.  Evans is simply one of the best authors that I love.

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It’s raining heavily outside as I write this and the time says it’s 2:14pm.  I wonder if the rainy season has officially started because it’s been raining cats and dogs almost every afternoon.  It’s a boon for my plants but it is impossible to remove those stubborn weeds when it is raining. I really need to root them out because they are now taller than my peanut grass.

Well, consider this another month-ender blog. The month of May has been a kaleidoscope of events that will not only affect the nation as a whole  but the way we see how important  political maturity is. Take that to mean that finally we are seeing the dawn of having some of our politicians set aside their self-interest and think of their constituents for a change.  And I really hope this would serve as a catharsis for us, to heal the wounds of a broken nation, sparring and tearing each other apart by barbed words freely posted everywhere. Enough said, I guess! Life no matter how we see it, will always be a constant journey of challenges and contradictions.  The way we face the journey would spell the big difference.

Yesterday, I finally received the package sent by Odette, an online friend from our Catholic site on Facebook.  We’ve known each other for less than a year but I feel as if she is the sister I never have. She made me choose what books I wanted to have and I told her, it would be by Richard Paul Evans of course. He’s been on my mailing list for several years now but his books are hard to find here. I was lucky enough to buy a copy of the first series of The Walk, then a close friend from Canada sent me Miles To Go last January as a Christmas gift. The third book came out last May 12 and I am now the proud owner of a hardbound copy of  The Road To Grace along with two more  paperback copies that I haven’t read yet.

I finished reading it last night. It was a light read, all of  234 pages and I was somewhat disappointed that  the story has to end the way it did. Or maybe, the author is saving the best for last because there are two more books in the series  that I have yet to wait for, still unwritten, as of now. I found myself  though reflecting on so many things while reading.When we are hurt, forgiveness is something so hard to do but unless and until we forgive,it would remain a tight bind that would affect our lives forever. When we forgive, we free ourselves from hate. You might say, it’s easier  said than done  but we have to do it if only to make our life normal again, the way it was, without hate and betrayal always lurking around.

I love to share with you some worthy quotes I found in Richard’s book:

  • One can never know what a new road will bring.
  • Once you have opened the book to another’s life, the cover never looks the same.
  • As we walk our individual life journeys, we pick up resentment and hurts, which attach themselves to our souls like burrs clinging to a hiker’s socks. These stowaways may seem insignificant at first, but, over time, if we do not occasionally stop and shake them free, the accumulation becomes a burden to our souls.
  • To forgive is to unlock the cage of another’s folly to set ourselves free.
  • The trapped are less concerned with rules than escapes.
  • What we feel to realize is that, grace is a destination, it is the journey itself, manifested in each breath and with each step we take. Grace surrounds us, whirls about us like the wind, falls on us like rain. Grace sustains us on our journeys, no matter how perilous they may be. We need not hope for grace, we merely need to open our eyes to its abundance.

It’s raining still and  the month of  May will be ending soon. And it was not so long ago that I was humming the tune  of First of May by the Bee Gees then Robin dies and it will never be the same again because only one brother is left.  The days end so soon and June is almost here!  If my friend were here, she would say, “happy new month”. That was our standard greeting years ago when we were still students. And here’s the last line of the book by Evans. He shared this from his wall at Facebook.

 

 

 

 

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