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the True spirit

December 23, 2011

2 days before Christmas. a lot are excited, some anxious, and many people from Southern Philippines don’t know how they would celebrate the season. few days before Christmas they were hit by typhoon sendong- thousands of houses were destroyed, hundreds were killed, many are still missing. just watching the heart-dragging stories on the news made me teary-eyed. how much more for those people who lost their families and loved ones? i can’t bear to watch and look at the images of lifeless human beings drowned and all covered with mud, fathers protecting his children until his last breath, mothers embracing her son, giving her last tender embrace, elderly ones seeming to be strong amidst the storm raging.

at times like this, i am used to thinking, what if i was there? what if i am put to that situation? would i survive if i’ve lost my family? would i still want to live if everything that i have built and saved was gone just like that? would i still want Christmas to come? would i still believe and hope that i could stand again and start a brand new life? would i want to wake up for a new day? or would i just sleep and let the darkness set in me forever? what would i do?

let us be thankful that we were not there and we did not experience that tragedy. but as we celebrate this Christmas, let us not forget those who lost their lives and lost their homes and families in this calamity. let us pray for their souls to have eternal peace and let us pray for the abandoned ones to still see the light and to continue living and believing in Him. it is very saddening that a natural tragedy occurs on a season of joy and happiness. let us pray that all those celebrating this season still remember and still feel the true spirit of Christmas; the true reason behind this historical and glorifying event -celebrating the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ. God gave us the most precious gift He could ever give so it must be reflected to us by selflessly giving and sharing our blessings with those who need it most. and now is the time to to do it. a nation that is united doesn’t let any of its people suffer from challenges alone. let us be one.

There are 25 million Filipinos on Facebook. If each one donates 5 pesos to Red Cross we could raise 125 million for Sendong victims. Here's how (from the Philippine Red Cross website): SMS Text RED<space>AMOUNT to 2899 (Globe) or 4143 (Smart) G-Cash Text DONATE<space>AMOUNT<space>4-digit M-PIN<space>REDCROSS to 2882 You can donate the following denominations: Globe: 5, 25, 100, 300, 500 or 1000 Smart: 10, 25, 50, 100, 300, 500 or 1000

let us help make everyone feel the true spirit of Christmas even in our own little ways. give and you shall receive. now i will leave you with this moving video:

MARY CHRISTmas  to all (:

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