While watering the plants in front of our 'facility', I was captivated by the orchid flowers so I immediately got hold of my camera and took a picture. After doing my chores, I uploaded it in the computer and did a little manipulation.
Seeing the picture reminds me of one of my favorite Liturgical songs arranged by Fr. Leo Nilo Mangussad of Our Lady of Peace, EDSA Shrine in Mandaluyong City.
Yesterday, I celebrated my 29th birthday. 29 wonderful years of living filled with many adventures. Those 29 years have been full of ups and downs, miseries and joy, challenges and struggles, mistakes and achievements, wandering, and wishful thinking. Full of happiness. Full of love. Full of hope. But definitely no regrets. My life had never been that perfect but at least I am striving to be such. Perfect it shall be but it will only be perfect when I am with my Creator.
Yesterday, as I closed one chapter in my life, I began another one. A brand new day. A new hope. A new beginning. A new chance and opportunity to start anew. Yesterday is the past. Some say that if you live your life in the past, you can never move on. I agree with them but I must say that those things in the past have been consequential to who, what and where I am now. And they will always remain important as I go along living my life in this new beginning.
The past will be my strength, my shield and my rock in facing the challenges that lies ahead. I keep on trying to become a better person, in the sense that I will not commit the same mistakes I had in the past. And that is a struggle for me, but with all the love and prayers from my dearest family and my trusted friends and most importantly from the One who never stopped loving me, who never stopped showing that He cares for me, and who never stopped reminding me that I will always be His child, I will surely pass every challenge that I will encounter along the way.
Full of hope indeed. I have never lost hope. The Bible says that "hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out into our hearts..." (Romans 5:5) With that, I will always dream of a better tomorrow.
Everyday when I wake up, I always pray and hope that I will do good and be good with myself and with others. Everyday, I will continue to approach each day with an appreciation of being alive and I will brave the future with an open and positive attitude. I will make each day a new beginning for a brighter and better ME.
I thank You, Jesus...
For the gift of life for the past 29 years, and every moment I live! For my health, even though at times I may have been ill, or suffered serious reverses and sufferings. So often these and other crosses are blessings in disguise. For the world about me, such as, the glories of nature, the fruits of the earth, the very air that I breathe, the refreshing rains, the glorious sunshine, the seasons of the year, the seconds, the minutes, the hours and the days.
I thank You...
For the gift of my faith. For the gift of Yourself in the Incarnation in which You became man, lived for me, taught me by Your word and example. For the gift of redemption, which You accomplished by Your suffering, death and resurrection - all this for my salvation.
O my God, I thank You for all the favors You have bestowed upon me. I give You thanks from the bottom of my heart for having created me, and for all the joys of life, and its sorrows, too, for the home You gave me, for the loved ones with which You have surrounded me - my mother, grandmother, my family, my relatives, my treasured and trusted friends I have made through life.
My Jesus, I thank You for having lived, suffered and died for me. I thank You for Your love. I thank You, Lord, for preparing a place for me in heaven where I hope to be happy with You, and to thank You for all eternity. Amen.
Ok, so two days from now, I'll be celebrating my 29th birthday. Yes, I will be turning 29 on the 28th of March. And usually, whenever someone celebrates his birthday, he would be asked what his birthday wish(es) is(are)...But I will not dwell on the more important wishes for now. Please just let me be, it's my birthday anyway. What I want to talk about is the one 'thing' I want on my birthday. I am not materialistic in any way but I am wishing that someone would give me a new Bible. To be exact, I want the New American Bible Revised Edition (NABRE).
So if anyone of you here who is generous and willing enough to give me what I am wishing for my birthday, just let me know. (winks!)