According to statistics, if you have a roof above your head and food on your table, you belong to the 8% of the world’s wealthiest. That’s enough reason to be thankful. You are blessed…

As I was on my way home last night, I was able to watch the news via the bus’ TV. I usually arrive at home very late at night so I really don’t have much time to watch. I would often sleep rather than fix my eyes on the TV set after a long, tiresome day in the office.

I knew of what happened in Cagayan De Oro City and the nearby provinces of Mindanao through the stories I heard from my officemates and through the radio playing in the background, but I really didn’t know how massive the losses and the damages were until last night.

Sendong, just as how nasty the typhoon’s name sounds, really left a vindictive mark in the lands of Mindanao and in the hearts of countless people who lost not only things and pets but more importantly, numerous lives of their loved ones.

I couldn’t help but shed tears at the sight of the catastrophe caught on camera. I felt my throat was also flooded with so much tears… My heart ached for these people I don’t personally know. I thought of my relatives over there, how are they doing? Are they hurt? Did I lose a loved one, too? I still don’t know up to this moment. I could only hope…

Amidst this disaster that hampered the Philippine territory, the Filipino people remain strong and hopeful.

I, on the other hand, though feeling morose for the misfortune that has directly engulfed my countrymen, choose to pray for them and extend help in anyway that I can. The gale will pass and soon enough a rainbow might be spotted somewhere, mayhap not in the velvet sky but inside our very hearts.

I am still greatly blessed beyond words. I have a roof over my head and food on my table. Thank You, Lord…


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