March 28, 2023

Let’s start with a prayer for healing: “Loving God, I pray that You will comfort me in my suffering, lend skill to the hands of my healers, and bless the means used for my cure. Give me such confidence in the power of Your grace, that even when I am afraid, I may put my whole trust in You; through our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.”

Although Pagasa predicts that about two or more typhoons will visit our beautiful archipelago of delicious coconuts and smiling carabaos before the year ends (the Philippines averages about 20 to 22 annually, if I’m not mistaken), this near-sighted Ibaloy writer is cautiously elated to note that Baguio and the Cordillera has been lucky so far from the wrath of these destructive natural forces. Take note, I said so far. Sadly, other parts of the country were not as fortunate.
Most of us must know by now that our beloved Pearl of the Orient Seas is one of the countries most affected by natural calamities especially tropical storms and typhoons. Unfortunately, our country appears to be the “welcome mat” for weather disturbances formed in the Pacific Ocean.
This being the case, it’s everybody’s responsibility to be proactive in protecting ourselves against the effects of these calamities (natural and man-made) that will most surely occur whether we like it or not. We can’t rely on the government all of the time. We also have to cooperate and pitch in when it comes to our security and well-being. We already know that unfortunate or bad things can happen at any time to anyone. It’s an imperfect and fallen world we live in after all. As they say, to be forewarned is to be forearmed.

Here’s “Love So Amazing” by Elaine Chetty: “My love for you is like the raging sea,/ So powerful and deep it will forever be./ Through storm, wind, and heavy rain,/ It will withstand every pain./ Our hearts are so pure and love so sweet./ I love you more with every heartbeat!”

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May our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ continue to bless and keep us all safe.