Saturday, January 1, 2022

A Prayer for the New Year

It is 2022. 

Praying for new things to happen this year.

But Covid-19 is still here.

May God continue to protect our family and loved ones. May God continue to give his comfort and love to us. May we have the strength to always put our trust in God.



Amen.

Thursday, December 30, 2021

December 2021: Sunday After Christmas

After the first Christmas story in the Gospel of Luke, we read about the only recorded event in the Bible about the childhood of Jesus. An interesting story about Jesus who got lost and was found in the temple. This is the sermon I will preach entitled "Lost Without Jesus." 

I am preaching again in a live Face2Face Worship Service after almost 2 years of online worship.

Scripture: Luke 2: 41-52.

I remember how our daughter Neya got lost in the mall. I will also share how we felt lost when my mother died because of Covid19. I will share it in the sermon.

I will also reflect on how this pandemic have us focused on "essential things" in life and lost sight of Jesus. 


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Friday, December 10, 2021

December 2021: Long Way Home

I remember the story of Jesus when he was told that Lazarus died. He took the long trip back to where Lazarus was. I wonder what Jesus was thinking while he was on his way knowing that Lazarus is already dead. For sure, he knows Lazarus was going to live again and he was assured. 

Our hope is that in death there is resurrection. Like Jesus, we know that death is not the end for we shall rise to be with God again. But the long trip down to visit our loved one is still a journey that I hope not too many people will experience.

I went home to my hometown to visit the grave of my Mom. On the 40th day after her death, I know Jesus has also called her to rise again in resurrection to be with God in heaven. 




Monday, November 1, 2021

November 1, 2021: Dania Soriano, loving wife and mother, model clergy spouse

 

Dania Soriano (1951-2021)

“Can a mother forget the baby at her breast
    and have no compassion on the child she has borne?
Though she may forget,
    I will not forget you!
16 See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands;
    your walls are ever before me." (Isaiah 49:15-16)

This story from the Bible reminds us of the faithful love of God.

Mom died early this morning while in hospital. 

She has been confined for almost three weeks now. Her immunocompromised state did not help in her condition. 

I am not able to go home because of this pandemic. The family is also in quarantine. We will not be able to have a wake for her. Thanks to technology, we can have virtual memorial services nightly.

Mama Dania is a loving wife and mother. Many remember her as a missionary, lay pastor, teacher and community worker. Her friends remember her kindness. Young women look up to her as a model clergy wife and mentored them on how to be partner to their spouses. She loves children. She loves plants and flowers too. 

We will plant a tree in her honor. We encourage people to do the same.

She will be missed. 


Friday, October 8, 2021

October 2021: Not Just Once

Paul was imprisoned again. 

This is the first story that came to my mind when I got re-infected AGAIN. Covid19 is relentless. I had mild symptoms only but the mental stress was wearing me down. I can only imagine how Paul felt and how he struggled so much to keep a positive attitude all throughout his situation. 

I am not in prison but I am on quarantine again for 2 weeks. I can only be in my small room. I do get a glimpse of the outside world and I am still thankful to God for His faithfulness.




Sunday, September 5, 2021

September 2021: Prison Epistles


Paul was writing to the church in Philippi, Collosae, Ephesus and to Philemon. These prison letters were written while Paul was in house arrest in Rome. I imagine how Paul must have felt how even when he is in "lockdown" he still felt the fellowship and spiritual presence of his fellow Christians when he prayed and worshipped God. That was what was needed in their time.

Fast forward to 2021, people no longer write letters but emails. We no longer just imagine the other person on the other side of the world but see them online. The spiritual presence and fellowship we have with fellow Christians not physically present can be seen online and simultaneously we can pray and worship. Nothing will change the experience of our physical face2face worship. But this pandemic has taught us to reimagine we do things. We have to do what is needed in our time.


 

Thursday, August 19, 2021

August 2021: Optimal Health

I always wonder why John the Baptists eat locusts and wild honey. Mark 1:6 describes to us how John lived in the wilderness wearing camel's hair for his clothing with a leather belt around his waist. We can picture a hermit with a diet that is purely organic. Well, he must have lived a healthy lifestyle... a lifestyle towards Optimal Health. 

People lived an unhealthy lifestyle. As a primary care physician we advocate for people to choose to live healthy to avoid getting ill and get the complications of diabetes or hypertension. I try to enroll my patients in an Optimal Health program. I myself have started this month this 42 day program of living towards Optimal Health with changes in the way we eat, our activity, including sleep, stress reduction, reflections and mental health.

Today is also special. I have prepared some food for my mother's birthday. She have lived an Optimal Life and advocates for Optimal Health. Well it is pasta symbolic for long life and some white meat to go with it...