Monday, May 24, 2010

Explaining God's Holy Trinity to a child

It has been a big HOW for me to explain to kids the Christian doctrine of the Trinity that teaches the unity of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit as three persons in one God. As an adult Christian, I receptively accepted it, but a mind's child cannot grasp the eminence of the Holy Trinity. They have lots of questions that are hard to break down in their level.

During one of our discipleship group meeting, my leader explained the Trinity to us in a very simple and fascinating way. The Holy Trinity of Father, Son and Holy Spirit, just like how God created man as stated in Genesis 1:26,
"Then God said, "Let us make man in our image, in our likeness ... " (New International Version)

In the same way we humans have body, soul and spirit. Our body that enables us to do physically do the our work here on earth, our spirit that allows us to praise and worship Him and our soul that will remain after death. And though we have this 3 different part in us, we remain one person. Interesting!

If the first explanation is not convincing to you, I hope the second illustration makes the idea crystal clear ;)

She compared the Trinity to an egg which is composed of a shell, egg white and yolk... 3 different parts thats makes up one single egg. Similar to God having three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit... 3 different persons that makes up one single Higher Being.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Circle of Friends

by: Point of Grace

We were made to love and be loved
But the price this world demands
Will cost you far too much
I spent so many lonely years
Just trying to fit in
Now I've found a place in this circle of friends

In a circle of friends
We have one Father
In a circle of friends
We share this prayer
That every orphaned soul will know
And all will enter in
To the shelter of this circle of friends

If you weep, I will weep with you
If you sing for joy
The rest of us will lift our voices too
But no matter what you feel inside
There's no need to pretend
That's the way it is in this circle of friends

In a circle of friends
We have one father
In a circle of friends
We share this prayer
That's we'll gather together
No matter how the highway bends
I will not lose this circle of friends

Among the nations, tribes and tongues
We have sisters and brothers
And when we meet in heaven
We will recognize each other
With joy so deep
And love so sweet
Oh, we'll celebrate these friends
And a life that never ends

In a circle of friends
We have one Father
In a circle of friends
We share this prayer
That it will not be long before
All will enter in
To the shelter of this circle of friends
That it will not be long before
All will enter in
To the shelter of this circle of friends

I'm amazed how God bring people together, find true friends and enjoy common interests...
Made me realize that no matter how great you are, you can't manage it all by yourself, you definitely need someone to depend on... cause no one stands alone...
Or simply the "No man is an island" quote by John Donne, an English poet and preacher during the 16th century.

Well here are the circle of friends God has gifted me :D

My break-out group during B1G 5 Single's Retreat last 2009
(Me, Mhalyn, Curly, Candy, Kat and Pen)

My Exist QA family - Tropang Gala ng Exist
(Me, Graciel, Hannah, Leslie, Micah, Gene, Bernard and Joseph)

My Latest Dgroup sisters :)
(Mitch, Sheena, Ann, Nayra, Steph, Me, Faith and Abby)

My First Dgroup sisters
(Lynne, Me, Nayra and Coleen)

Monday, May 10, 2010

Halalan 2010

For the record, 10 presidentiables... 8 vice-presidentiables... 61 senatoriables... 187 party list... 1 country... :D

As each of us have our personal reaction slash observation slash comment slash experience in this national election, lemme tell you mine in my own scale...

May 10, 2010, 10:40am started finding my poll precinct in Diosdado Macapagal Elementary School, which could have been easier if the school just posted the list of voters in the wall by precinct and made a map of the precinct's location in the school, instead of collating the papers in a table with 3 or 4 people manning it, thus clogging up the information booth. Thanks to my voter's id, for sparring me from rumbling with the crowd. By 11am we found it, just to realize they consolidated 5 precincts in one room having for one PCOS machine. whew! Nevertheless, we piled ourselves up not knowing we are doomed to wait for 2 hours and 20 minutes before finally getting inside the voting room. By 2:20pm, i couldn't say I was lucky to have my ballot ready to be filled out, and believe me it only took me less than 10 minutes to accomplish it and have my ballot fed on the machine. Finally, my vote is casted! At 2:30pm I'm counted as 328 out of the 775 expected voters for the 5 precincts whoa! not even half huh! the BEIs and watchers still have a lot of work to do. I heard they're extended until 7pm to accommodate more voters.

Though we've been hearing rants and wrath amongst our people nationwide, there are also "some" good news to savor. One is the fast counting of the election returns which is way way forward than our previous elections, and second I commend ABS-CBN and GMA 7 who made a remarkable coverage on this national event.

For all Filipinos who voted this May 10 national election... Congratulations! you just made a mark on our country's history for its 1st automated election.

God bless the Philippines!