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Daily Log: Lord’s Plan for Us

It’s been awhile since my last post…

For several days now, I’ve been trying to search something deep within my memories and out of my chaos thoughts and put it into writing.

For now, amidst all the trials and tribulations of 2014, one thing is sure…after the sun set in the horizon...a new dawn of hope will follow...and the sun will shine again.

Taken last April 11, 2012 during PLDT sponsored Subic Bay Cruise
And I will always come back to the Lord’s promise that guided me 15 years ago until now, during the most trying times of my life…
For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord,
plans to prosper you and not to harm you,plans to give you hope and a future
Jeremiah 29:11
And my favorite words, coined from the famous quote by Alexander Graham Bell, “When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us”.
“Pag may sumarang pintuan,
may mga bintanang mabubuksan
at kung minsan pati ang bubungan”
At St. Pio Church Eastwood last August 21, 2014
And then I remember the story of The Four Candles that I have read many years ago…
The Four Candles burned slowly. Their Ambiance was so soft you could hear them speak...
The first candle said, "I Am Peace, but these days, nobody wants to keep me lit." Then Peace's flame slowly diminishes and goes out completely.
The second candle says, "I Am Faith, but these days, I am no longer indispensable." Then Faith's flame slowly diminishes and goes out completely.
Sadly the third candle spoke, "I Am Love and I haven't the strength to stay lit any longer. People put me aside and don't understand my importance. They even forget to love those who are nearest to them." And waiting no longer, Love goes out completely.
A child enters the room and sees the three candles no longer burning. The child begins to cry, "Why are you not burning? You are supposed to stay lit until the end."
Then the Fourth Candle spoke gently to the little boy, "Don't be afraid, for I Am Hope, and while I still burn, we can re-light the other candles."
With shining eyes the child took the Candle of Hope and lit the other three candles.
Never let the Flame of Hope go out of your life.
With Hope, no matter how bad things look and are...Peace, Faith and Love can shine brightly in our lives.
-- Author Unknown

May we always hold onto the Lord’s promise to give us hope and a future. And may the candle of Hope continue to burn in our lives…despite the strong winds and storms that may cause its flame to diminish.
Kapit lang…
Pag nandyan si Lord…