Forever 26, Forever Thankful


Turning twenty-six is like any other normal day in your life. You wake up at 6 AM, check your phone, take a bath, have breakfast, and finally, you’re off to work. And it’s the same thing everyday. Personally, I don’t feel any difference in the way I carry myself, the way I dress or talk, much less eat. I still go to my constant Mcdonald’s restaurant. I still ditch movie houses for movie marathons at home. I still crack silly jokes with my boyfriend. I still am the same me. But, being twenty-six has taught me a lot of new lessons as well.
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Crumbs of Society: A Hunchback and His Pushcart

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You know the countless heartbreaking images you see about starving street children, old people who are left dying in wherever, and bloodbaths in war infested places? Well, the experience I had last night didn’t come close to all of those, but the heartbreaking feeling was as surreal as when I see any of the situations mentioned above. It was about eight hundred thirty hours in the evening when me and my boyfriend saw him. 

We crossed the intersection from Mcdonalds And Xavier University. He was there- an eighty year old something man, back severely hunched, pushing what seemed to be a cart full of local streetfood he sells. He slowly passed by us, painstakingly pushing his load with every bit of strength he could muster. My heart was literally crushed, even Edmund’s. The scene that took place made us look over our shoulders again and again as the old man went farther away from us. 

We decided to buy three pieces of balut (chicks that are supposedly about to develop but are half-cooked instead) from him. I ran to him before he turned to a curb and stopped to ask how much it costs. He replied in a very low voice I had to stoop down a bit. He opened a cellophane and slowly took out three eggs. While he was at it, my tears just fell down like a waterfall. I had to hold them in before he saw my face. We gave him a hundred bucks and didn’t ask for the change. 

I thought to myself, these old people shouldn’t work anymore. Where were their family? Their sons or daughters? Why do they have to leave their fathers and mothers like this? They should be in their homes right now, relaxed, feet up on the couch and watching TV. 

I wish to be able to help people like them in the future. I seriously don’t want my parents to end up like that – no family nor friends – it’s unbearable I can’t even begin to imagine. I hope young ones shouldn’t make fun of those people – they who are often called “the crumbs of society”. 

If you guys know any of his relatives, please contact them and tell them to take him in.

My chest still hurts while I’m writing this. I have to end now before I well up again.

Project Grace: The Gift of Eternal Life

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This is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. 1 Jn 5:11

When you look at the expanse of the night sky decorated with the moon and the stars, you’ll realize how small you really are compared to the whole world and to the universe. Earth is but a tiny planet, and the Milky Way is but one of thousands of galaxies across outer space. Can you even begin to imagine that kind of eternity?

God’s love is like the universe. It is so wide and so deep that no height nor depth of the tallest mountain or the deepest seabed can ever measure it. He turned His love into an eternal gift for us- the life of His Son Jesus Christ. When we come to know and truly believe in Him, we will find out that His eternal life is one of tranquility and calm. 

Following Jesus everyday may be hard, but not grievous. As the Bible says, “his burden is light.” He will not suffer us to face unbearable trials and testings alone. He will always provide a way for us to escape. His gift of eternal life will fill us with a godly love that is inherent only in God. His gift of eternal life already has victory over death. And what a blessed assurance it is to someday see our Lord and Savior face to face. 

Let it be our prayer to come to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ that we may be able to experience the joy of living our lives jointly with Him.

Project Grace: A Firm Trust

“I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me will live, even though he dies.” (John 11:25)

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Hello my dearest readers. It has been a while since I posted an entry under Project Grace which has been under hiatus for months now. I just could not bring myself to write about God without conviction – and the past months have been an emotional turmoil for me. Now I think it’s time to start over again. And I hope you guys will be blessed by tonight’s meditation.

Christians ideally want to live by the verse, “walk by faith, not by sight.” (2 Cor. 5:7). It is one of the stronghold commands of God that every believer should strive to follow. However, life is but an irony, a paradox of unending trials and testings that sometimes makes us question God’s sovereignty over our circumstances. And yet, the Bible gives us an explicit instruction when we are faced with such things. It seems quite contradicting to how we normally/naturally react, right?

When Jesus knew of his good friend Lazarus’ death, he was downtrodden. He grieved with Martha and Mary, Lazarus’ sisters, but his death became one of the most famously told stories from the Bible. Jesus explained, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me will live, even though he dies.”. Right before their very eyes, he woke up Lazarus from his sleep (death). It’s impossible for a body, four days old dead, to be able to stand up and walk! But not with Jesus – this miracle was only the beginning of his ministry up until today in the 21st century.

No matter what life throws at you, always remember to cling to our Lord Jesus Christ. Remember his words well, and you will never have to face a day defeated. “He will inspire you to a life of trust and firm faith in all circumstances.”

Project Grace Day 100: Are You Losing Your Shine?

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When you look at a candle being lit, you will notice how big and tall its flame is when the match touches its tip. Soon after, when the wax starts melting, the candle starts to shrink and its light begins to dim out as well. Have you ever experience that kind of unfortunate thing, when your love and faith in God wavers and wavers until one day, you’ll realize that you don’t really have anything left to offer to God?

It is possible for Christians to get caught up in philosophies that seem good on the suface, but break down the centrality of Christ. There are already so many denominations under Christianity, all of which provide different approaches into understanding what the Bible teaches that sometimes we forget to look back at the Subject of God’s Word – Jesus Christ. Because of these so many different idealogies about the Bible, we are hooked into stereotyping each group. We forget that Christianity is supposed to be a way of life under the example of Christ, not a combination of learned philosophies from Man.

I pray that in every circumstance, may we never forget to turn back to Jesus Christ for truth. We definitely cannot find it elsewhere.

Project Grace Day 99: How Do You React To Life?

“The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” John 10:10

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Life can be either Heaven or Hell for most of us. It may throw us into a curve, or sometimes, if we get lucky ( as most people say), the paths toward our dreams and aspirations are as smooth as an urban highway- asphalt and wide lanes to give you enough space to navigate through changing courses. How easy Life would be if it were like that, but it isn’t.

Whatever tide Life’s oceans are in, it is entirely up to us to decide whether we sink, float aimlessly, or swim towards the shore. Our reaction to our circumstances determine whether we have the strength to live it or just let it be, que sera sera. At this point in time in my life, I am torn between what the world considers normal and what the Bible teaches about God’s holiness and righteousness. It is tiring to put yourself in a situation to try and understand why something happened the way it did when you thought it could never transpire. But then again, everyone has a choice, and each choice comes with a blessing or a consequence. I just pray and pray fervently that whatever decision I make, I won’t regret choosing to do it.

Christ wants us to live Life to the fullest. A full life does not necessarily mean having a beautiful house, a fancy car, a successful business, or the luxury of time and leisure to travel for traveling’s sake. Sometimes living Life to the full means having quality time with your family, a few good friends, and most of all, time with God. A moment spent with the Lord is better than being in the company of business tycoons. A second in God’s presence is better than an hour spent watching the latest movie. Time spent with Him is of priceless worth because it is in His will where we are safest.

As a Christian, every choice we have is vital to our spiritual growth. May we always choose to choose what is right than good, to choose the eternal over the temporary, and to choose to respond to Life’s challenges with self-confidence and faith.