The tail of 2017 was seemingly tragic to many fellows in the Philippines. As I was counting the blessings that I received all throughout the year, I was hoping that others who were this year’s victims of various tragedies would still be able to count theirs. The war in Marawi, the storm, landslide and flood in Visayas and Mindanao and the fire incidents that engulfed a big mall in town and a number of barrios in the city had left survivors, families and friends mourning for the lost of their loved ones and seeking for whatever help that the community could offer.
As Christmas is the season of giving, it is also a season of being thankful for the grace that we receive each and every day. There is no way that we should be thankful for being fortunate while others are not. Instead, we could only be thankful for every opportunity that we could come to the Lord and seek His will for us. Even the act of giving is one thing that we must seek permission from God. As we start the year with a cheerful heart, let our hands be open to offer help as we give to our fellows out of love and the desire to help. May we’d be able to give, not out of guilt but be lead by the Lord to offer help. May we’d be able to give without prejudice. May we’d be able to give more without leaving ourselves empty. May we’d be able to give, not because we desire to receive in return.
Have a generous 2018 ahead!