My wishes for my country


As much as I am tempted to bash my country and the people who run it, I will, instead, opt to be hopeful and create my wishlist for this country I call my home.

For our leaders:

1. I wish for them to have true reverence for our God and spiritual transformation as evidenced by the fruits they bear.

2. I wish for them to genuinely love people in order for them to genuinely love our country.

3. I wish for them to truly care for Mother Earth and to take the urgent steps to save our planet, one small barrio street at a time.

4. I wish for them to drive themselves to and from work once in a while, to sit in traffic and come up with real and viable solutions to the many potholes, inefficient traffic flow, law violators, and the many MMDA officers lurking in shaded areas and behind curbs, waiting to pounce on innocent drivers instead of preventing traffic violations before they happen.

5. I wish for them to lead by powerful and inspiring example and educate the masses on how to be a model citizen of our country.

6. I wish for them to take public transportation once in a while to inhale the smog, get their well-groomed hair or toupees all messed up, feel the sticky and smelly perspiration trickle down their spine, witness the many poor children who board the jeepneys to beg for money and simply experience how it is really like for most public commuters.

7. I wish for them to really look around while they ride in their airconditioned luxury vehicles and not stick their noses on their cellphones and IPads. They might just notice the many homeless living under the sky ways and the “rugby boys” who pose a grave threat to many commuters. And I wish that they will actually contact the necessary agencies to address this serious situation. Yes, Mr. President, Congressman and Senator – this is SERIOUS!

8. I wish for them to end their greed once and for all – to use their allotted funds to improve the welfare of their constituents instead of printing countless streamers, billboards and floor tiles to promote their over-indulgent faces and “HB” initials that mean nothing to any of us and do nothing to alleviate the poverty in this country.

9. I wish for them to pass a law that protects job seekers and employees from age, gender and physical discrimination and enforce this law on companies so that they will become equal opportunity employers. Is it any wonder that our countrymen are leaving for greener pastures despite the negative effect on their families?

10. I wish for our president to just STEP UP to the plate.

For our countrymen:

1. I wish we would educate ourselves properly. Read, listen, observe, read. It does not take a formal education to be educated in what is moral, ethical, considerate and right.

2. I wish parents would educate themselves on how to raise their children the right way. Parents are spoiling their children more and teaching them less values; they are spending less time conversing with them and more time on their gadgets and businesses. Just because a person has a child does not mean that person knows how to raise that child properly. Parenting manuals and tips abound everywhere. Use them.

3. I wish we will be more conscientious about caring for our planet by segregating our trash, using less water and electrical power, by not throwing our garbage just anywhere, and NOT spitting anywhere. Anyone can do this — it is not rocket science. Plant more trees — DON’T CUT THEM FOR ANOTHER PARKING LOT, SM!!!

4. I wish we would all genuinely care for one another. We all need compassion, and we all need to give it as well.

5. I wish we could be kind to one another. Let us stop bullying each other, and stop the bullies who make going to school or work a nightmare for many.

6. I wish we would take a definite stand against  abuse of any kind, especially the sexual abuse of children. All abusers and perpetrators should be put in jail so that less children will be exposed to these dangerous criminals. I wish parents who choose to coddle the abuser/s of their children would be made seriously accountable for their selfish actions.

7. I wish we could all dream big dreams for ourselves, our families, our country and our planet, without harming or sacrificing anyone or anything.

And so my wish… is that these wishes will be granted.

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Worship no matter what…

It’s another new year. I am very grateful for the physical, emotional and mental rest I am enjoying with my family for a few weeks. The past year has been pain-filled; losing many loved ones, grappling with God and his promises, struggling to keep my head above raging waters, and simply striving to survive.

God’s many promises seemed irrelevant to me and my situation. They were outdated and were definitely objective reality as far as I was concerned. I witnessed injustice, suffering, severe pain and loss among my family, friends and countrymen. God’s mercy and deliverance seemed very far away.

After more than a year of leaving my Bible on a shelf to gather dust, I fearfully picked it up and leafed through the still crisp pages. It was an emotional experience. I know in my heart that Jesus never left me, but I stopped believing in his word — at least those that promise deliverance, provision and help to the widows, orphans and fatherless.

I did not go to my “favorite”‘ books. I simply skimmed through and decided to read Habakkuk. This was not a book I often read so I was stunned to read “myself” and my situation so accurately described by the author. I cried his cry for many months: “How long, O Lord, must I call for help, but you do not listen? Or cry out to you , “Violence!” but you do not save? Why do you make me look at injustice? Why do you tolerate wrong?” – Habakkuk 1: 2-3 (NIV throughout)

Did I receive the answers I wanted to hear? I guess not. I was utterly despondent and wondered if God would ever forgive me for dwelling in negativity and misery for so long. In his unfailing love and mercy, he whispered these words to me.

“Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Savior. The Sovereign Lord is my strength; he makes my feet like the feet of a deer, he enables me to go on the heights.” – Habakkuk 3: 17-19

He is healing me enough to begin praising him – “….to choose to trust God and declare that his character is perfect – even when we don’t understand and our hearts are breaking.” – Insight on Worship, CGSB, NIV

My heart is still breaking. My husband and I just lost another beloved pet only one week ago. By God’s strength, I choose to be hopeful and to continue to live my life with all my heart and might because life is just too short to remain in pain, anguish and grief. We have a mighty and loving God who continues to save and heal us. And he continues to save and heal me, one small step at a time.