TODAY’S MANNA: Draw sources for strength PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 25 July 2014 11:57

BY Berlie G. Yap

 

Both local atrocities and natural calamities seem to be already inevitable today! They are like a tide which only God can stop. Thus, if you  are a Zamboangueño, it is imperative to find real protection for safety or at least a place of comfort where you can draw your strength daily. I do from God and I also read my Bible. There is hope, though! Our City will just have its peace. Peace ain’t totally evasive at all. These things Zamboanga City is going through now are only part of the process— refining us to become better people with a better place. We learn in every curve of the way.

Can I invite you? On Sunday please tune-in to 105.9 NEWS FM at 8-10:30 AM and at 12nn-3 PM. I host a program of music and short sharing. The said program is designed to be a source of inspiration for all the Zamboangueños locally and everyone around the world because you can access it online through this link www.emediamo.tv.

A father was driving his humble car from a delivery of some heavy machines, on repair from his shop, to a canning factory in the west coast with two helpers. Somewhere in Cawit, the father was gunned by a riding-in-tandem gunmen. Five bullets claimed his life. The family said that their relative had no enemies and that he was a peace-loving person. Much, he even is partly an invalid. But the question why was he shot?

Not to exaggerate, it seems ain’t easy to live normal today if the daily scenario around you is criminality! The sentiment of the general public is: “Give us peace”. I also do, and I believe that too is your feeling. We’re talking yet locally, now if we will start to consider the Gaza crisis and around the world one can really be scared soon. But this is the truth, and despite everything—life goes on! When a morning past and an evening comes one can expect another morning again to come the following day. What I mean is , evil may rise and fall but another new day shall SURELY come the following morning. Then the yesterday will remain to be only a part of the past. Life in this world is similar to dreaming— some are good ones but few are also nightmares. So, the ordinary man have  no choice but to live his life happily and outlive the disturbances around.

I have friends who came to Zamboanga in the early 60s. They were a young couple with three children from Pampanga. They migrated here because of the promising potential and opportunities our City had offered them. In their first two years, they lived in Lamitan, but later transferred here and gradually increased. The family is now one of the city’s influential business people. The children also finished their studies, two are in the U.S. and the only son is in Canada. The parents are now in their retiring years. They told me once that it as well crossed to their minds to leave Zamboanga and return back to Pampanga but they just can’t because Zamboanga is now already a HOME. I was moved when I heard that line. To them Church-life played a vital role for their stability. It gave them indispensable source for strength.

What is peace? The Hebrew word for peace in the Bible is shalom. In its purest sense, shalom means “peace”. The connotation is positive. That is, when someone says, “SHALOM”, or, “peace unto you”, it doesn’t mean, “I hope you don’t get into any trouble”; it means, “Hope you have all the highest good coming your way”.

Most people in our world don’t understand peace as a positive concept. All they know is the negative aspect of peace, which is merely the ABSENCE of trouble. The biblical concept of peace does not focus on the absence of trouble. Biblical peace is unrelated to circumstances; it is a GOODNESS of life that is not touched by what happens on the outside. You may be in the midst of great trials and still have PEACE.

I pray God’s peace to be your portion; may we be able to sleep well at night and wake up protected the following day. Eleanor Roosevelt said, “It isn’t enough to talk about peace. One must believe in it. And it isn’t enough to believe in it. One must work at it.” God bless you.