Happy birthday ate Hanna!
Rose cupcakes by yours truly! :P #indaydiaries #indayduties
9/11 is coming up in a couple of hours. This is another opportunity for me to blog about the word of God and its personal influence on me.
On this 9/11 memorial, we often hear the words “we will always remember” and/or “we will never forget.” I’ve come up with some of the things we should always remember and should never forget.
1) We will always remember that the 9/11 is a reminder that there is nothing ever safe in this world. Have you ever thought of these: when was the last time you’ve seen kids playing outside the neighborhood where parents let them just go out and play in the frontyard with no worries? I was talking to one of my co-workers who is also an immigrant who came here to Winnipeg on 1968, and she remembers clearly that at that time people can walk the streets of downtown at midnight without any fear. When was the last time?
2) We will never forget that thousands of people also died because of several war attacks in the middle east, not just in the 9/11 event. There are other innocent people who died when there were wars and bombings in the other middle east countries. Don’t forget to include them in your prayers, too.
3) We will always remember that this world has always been at war, our history always includes a series of warfare. From world war 1, to world war 2, to martial law in the Philippines, to the 9/11 attacks, to the Libyan and Egyptian government warfare, and North Korean superpower weapons, to the Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan tragedies, to the attacks on Israel, and now the upcoming Syrian war that may cause a bigger warfare involving other countries. Need I say more?
4) We will never forget the lives of those innocent firemen, policemen, doctors, nurses, paramedics and other volunteers who sacrificed their time and efforts and even lives to go and rescue people affected by these tragedies. Most importantly, we will never forget our beloved soldiers/military whose lives were wasted because of these stupid wars leading to nothing but fame, popularity, materialism, and money-making! Innocent lives are taken away and we can’t even trust the government nor anyone else when it comes to these wars.
Aren’t all these negatives? Won’t it make your life miserable if you try to think about these things and be reminded about these things every September 11th?
Well, there’s one more thing I’d like to add to my things of what to remember and what to never forget:
5) We will always remember that there is a God who is the Prince of Peace. For to us a child is born… and His name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6). We will never forget that this world is NOT our home, In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you (John 14:2).This is certainly a promise to us. I don’t know with you, but I will take it personally as His own promise to me. He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not. 11 He came unto his own, and his own received him not (John 1:10). Surely we did reject Him because we used to love the world. We loved the world that we think we can enjoy everything this world has to give, but once we’ve come to know Him, we will realize that there’s a better deal with God, and everything else in this world is nothing!
Think about this, we may have the biggest houses, the most fancy cars, travel the most beautiful places (which by the way is God’s creation, the One humankind rejected, but admired His creation), have all the money to live a good quality of life, etc. etc. But we will always remember, these are all temporary. Try to meditate about that last vacation you went to, it was a beautiful place, isn’t it? But it only lasted for 2 weeks or so, next thing you know you’re back at work. Try to remember the time you bought a house, yes you loved the house and enjoyed it, but as soon as bills kept coming, the feeling isn’t the same anymore, you’re back at work to earn money to pay the bills even before you know it. Think of the new year countdowns and fireworks where people embrace the event and the glory of the moment, it lasted only for 24 hours, and we’re back to the issues of war the next morning even before we wake up.
I’m not against all the pleasurable things of this world, but 9/11 is an awakening that this world has nothing to give if we don’t have Jesus in our lives. Think about the Prince of Peace, the promise land, the trumpet sounding, the end of suffering and war, the place called Heaven; and so the next time you go for a vacation, the Lord will give you joy even if it only lasted for 2 weeks or so, and He will give you grace and favors when you go back to work. The next time you receive your home bills, the Lord will give you assurance that He is our great provider. The next time the countdown for a new year ends, He will assure you that He is the God of yesterday, today, and tomorrow, His mercies are new every morning even before you wake up.
Don’t lose hope. We will always have war, that’s because we are still in this world, fear not and think of these things.
To end this long blog, I’d like to share to you this bible verse:
Hebrews 9:11 - But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building; Note that the scripture is from a 9:11 verse. During the 9/11 attacks, 2 of the highest towers, expensively sturdy, and intelligently engineered, built by human hands and superpowers of this world came down to an end in only a matter of 106 minutes. But there is a tabernacle, not made with human hands, where the presence of God reigns, where he doesn’t need any superpowers nor billions of money to built, but not even the strongest and smartest terrorists can destroy, THESE ARE THE WORDS OF GOD, THIS IS THE CHURCH OF GOD, AND THIS IS MY GREAT GOD!
Thank you for reading til the end, I hope you were blessed!
One of the best times of my life was in College. You can never replace the memories and experiences in college life. Aside from the fact that I loved nursing, I also loved what made nursing really fun. College days were tough. It made me went through sleepless nights, anxiety and fear of the unknown, been through times where my grades failed on one part of the semester and I had to make up to it just to pass the whole course, been through days of super tipid-modes just to survive the week with my kakapiranggot na allowance, above all these things though are the sleepless nights. Oh, did I mention that already? :P
But, no matter how hard and horrible were those experiences, we had fun. It was most of the time because of the people around you. My crazy groupmates, my classmates, different kinds of people you meet, the crazy professors, the funny professors, the easy professors, the “terror” professors, and the inspiring professors, you name them, we had them all. One thing that made nursing really fun was when we were subdivided into “Clinical groups.” The people in your group were almost like your brothers and sisters. You see them everyday, you get to work with them in the unit/hospital and help each other out. Utangan kung utangan, bigayan ng pagkain kung bigayan! You even live with them, remember community service? I hear ya! No need to mention everything in detail, but college was really fun and unforgettable.
It’s lovely to re-live the memories. If only you can turn back time now that you are wiser and more appreciative of things, I would! But I guess we only go through one certain event in our lives once. Three of my groupmates in the first clinical group I was at are now taking up medicine, and one of my groupmates from my second clinical group has now actually graduated from medicine, most of my groupmates and classmates are busy working as nurses in different parts of the world, some of them are working non-nursing jobs too. Time flies so fast. Didn’t you just love your college life? Especially if you took up nursing. The experience is different from non-nursing students, I tell ya. No offense to non-nursing students. I did love every part of my college life.
PS. This pic was taken for fun, don;t take it too seriously! It’s an epic pic. We were trying to imitate House M.D.’s posters! :)
Repost by jonherrera on IG. Think about it! Sad part: This world is truly chaotic and full of evil rulers. Those are the dark rulers of this world. Joyful part: This world is not my home. We are just passing through. It will end soon. There is a place I long for and it is called “Heaven.” :)
It’s a #goodmorning! Wake up to a brand new day. Blessings are coming up my way! #Godisgood #sunroom