no more despair

Theoden: I have left instruction. The people are to follow your rule in my stead. Take up my seat in the Golden Hall. Long may you defend Edoras if the battle goes ill.

Eowyn: What other duty would you have me do, my lord?

Theoden: Duty? No. I would have you smile again, not grieve for those whose time has come. You shall live to see these days renewed…and no more despair.
[from The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King] Continue reading
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the (Pinoy) Christmas spirit…

No, I’m not endorsing the above product, pero natutuwa lang ako sa bagong commercial na yan dito sa’min. Nagpapakita kasi ito ng genuine Filipino spirit, na sa kabila ng lahat ng mga nangyari, ay marami pa rin tayong dapat ipagpasalamat, hence the final quote of the ad. Sa kabila ng lahat ng mga nangyari sa buhay natin lalo na sa taong ito (sa dami ba namang bagyo’t baha’t habagat na dumaan…!), mas marami pa rin tayong na-receive na pagpapala (blessings) galing kay Lord.

WEDDINGS. It’s more fun in the Philippines =D

I can say this year has been good to me. Well, depends on how good it has brought me, but all in all, we must always reflect on God’s unchanging nature throughout the changing times and seasons– His undying love, unlimited grace and compassion, and never-ending faithfulness. He’s the same yesterday, today and forever! (Hebrews 13:8) =D

For every news of violence in the world…
there are 146 Filipinos giving greetings of peace.

For every “it’s complicated”…
9 are “in a relationship.”

For every neighborhood dispute…
hundreds of Noche Buenas will be shared.

Though some families are separated…
thousands will swear to stay together through hardship and happiness.

No matter how many storms hit us…
Millions of people will bring hope
and we will never run out of people that share happiness.

Despite everything, there are still more reasons for us to be thankful.

Parang kailan lang, December na ulit… CHRISTMAS. It’s more fun in the Philippines! Kahit anumang nangyari sa mga nakalipas na buwan, masarap pa ring maging Pinoy! =D

Busy?

Jesus said to them, “Come and eat breakfast.” (John 21:12)

TOO BUSY TO LOVE* (Read: John 21:1-14)

Our lives can get so busy with Christian activities that we couldn’t have time to tell our neighbor about the love of God if that neighbor walked right up to us and asked us about it.

Do you have the time to love people? Not just a quick “hello” or a formal “How are you doing — but make it short because I gotta go.” Do you have time to really love and serve people? Do you have time to be interrupted, if necessary, by their lives?

Jesus never seemed in a hurry when it came to people. He always had time to serve and to love. He even had time to cook the disciples breakfast and eat with them (John 21:12). With all the important things he could have been doing before he left this earth, he was cooking fish. Why? Because loving people is important, and loving people means having time to be with them, to serve them. What kind of time do you have for others? Continue reading