A great big thank you to all of you who visited and accompanied us through this challenging time in our lives. Your support, prayers and words of encouragement are much appreciated. I'm sorry that I did not find time to visit back. On my desk for What's on Your Workdesk Wednesday is today's journal page in progress...
Making a journal page, I start out with a blank page, make a rough sketch and then go on to complete it. Looking at the blank page, it is a mystery to me what my final work will look like.
So it is with life. We never know what will happen in our lives. It is a mystery.
Sometimes, suffering comes to visit. It has come to visit the thousands in Eastern Philippines who lost their homes and loved ones because of Typhoon Haiyan. We can only try our best to help them through this time. Here is what a corner in our living room looks like, with clothes waiting to be dropped off for donation.
Suffering is another mystery. I believe in God's great, great love for mankind and yet He allows so much suffering in our lives. Suffering has come to visit my Mom, too. She was in the hospital for a week, but praise God, although still in need of much prayer, she is back home.
But as I reflected on these past days, I realized that I can always find some good in the situation. The great need of our countrymen has encouraged so many to be more generous so that we are no longer like the rich man in Jesus' parable (Luke 16:19-31) who just looked on as Lazarus starved. As a priest once asked us, "Who is your Lazarus?"
This time with my Mom has given us an opportunity to care for her and show her our love. It has given me a greater understanding of the value of life, a reminder of how precious our time with our loved ones is. And always, I turn to God's word for the truth that I proclaim...
and I share this also in Word Art Wednesday with hopes that it will encourage you, whatever your suffering is at this time.
If you would like to donate even just a little bit to help the victims of Typhoon Haiyan, here are some ways you can. Be blessed, my dear blog friends. Thank you again for your encouragement.