Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Farewell, Elisabeth!

It would have been wonderful to have known her up close and personal so I could make a eulogy befitting of her.

Yet I have only heard of her. I haven't read her books and I realized today I need to read her books. I need to be inspired and be reminded all over again of what it truly means to be a woman of worth, a woman of value.

"The memory of the righteous will be a blessing, but the name of the wicked will rot." - Proverbs 10:7

Hers is a legacy beyond what the world can offer. And I would surely love to remember her and see, through her books, what it would have been like if I've known her.

Elisabeth Elliot, 88. Missionary. Author. Public Speaker. Daughter of God. Farewell Elisabeth. I long to embrace you someday in Heaven.

Images courtesy of Google Search results. Collage by aillis.

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Momma's Day Musings

Gazillion. That's how many times I've watched this YouTube video. Can you spot the difference between romantic love and a mother's love here?

"ᴴᴰ Oscar's Oasis Full Collection ►◄ " Momma Croc " Episode 64/78 from Kids Future

It's embarrassing how we can sometimes take our Moms - and their love - for granted and how we oftentimes want to get away from them.

Mommas have a way of protecting their babies from harm - even when the possible harm is from their family. Just like when Momma Croc shooed the other crocs away from Oscar.

Oscar was sort of adopted by Momma Croc, just like the egg that was forgotten by its mother bird in this movie. Now I don't exactly know what it means to be adopted but I do know how it hurts to be forgotten and - fortunately - how wonderful it is to be remembered.

I am grateful that my mom - my one and only Mama Azon - has loved me the best way she knew how. Not only did she carry me in her womb for nine months, she nurtured me in a way that taught me how to be mindful of the needs of others, not just my own. 

Rarely would it happen that our very own mother birds would forget us. But even when that happens, we can be certain that a Momma Croc will come our way to love us and take care of us as if we are her own. I know this is true because during those times when I was a displaced or "lost egg," a Momma Croc came my way in the person of my Momsie Melanie whose birthday is just around the corner. Happy birthday, Momsie! :)

Today I have a good number of Momma Crocs in my life whose lives help me not only to see but to feel and be assured that I am loved - no matter what - even on those days when I'm having "ganda issues."

Can a mother forget the infant at her breast, walk away from the baby she bore? But even if mothers forget, I’d never forget you—never." - Isaiah 49:15

I would've been a mom but that's another story. Today I want to honor all the mommas in the world - OFMs (overseas Filipino moms), young moms, old moms, single moms, married moms, widowed moms, career moms, fashionista moms, cool moms, moms in prison, moms in the streets, spiritual moms, missionary moms, moms in the military - moms who do not forget their babies but tend to forget themselves as they care for others. If you're reading this and you're a mom, be assured that YOU will never, ever be forgotten. YOU are beautiful and you are loved gazillion times over, no matter what.

Happy Momma's Day!!

Friday, May 1, 2015

Beauty Amidst Crisis

I woke up around 2 in the morning of April 29th and checked my Twitter feed. Tears welled up inside my eyes and my heart as I smiled when I read one tweet. My fellow Filipina, Mary Jane Veloso, was spared!

I do not have a television at home but thanks to the wonder of the internet, I've known the news as soon as it unfolded. It was an answered prayer!

The truth always has an unspeakable beauty to it. It is a rare kind of strength and calmness that is displayed in the midst of high-strung news. That is the beauty I saw in Mary Jane as I read of her execution by firing squad in Indonesia.

Prior her scheduled death, she wrote three letters. They were farewell messages from a person who has undoubtedly accepted her fate and, more than that, remained selfless through it all. She had grace that can only come from a person who has truly placed her life in the hands of her Creator.

"Kahit gahibla na lang ang oras na natitira, kung gusto ng Panginoon na mabuhay ako, bubuhayin pa Niya ako." - Mary Jane Veloso

Mary Jane Veloso during the Women's Day celebration in Wirogunan Penitentiary. Photo grabbed from Rappler.com.