Tuesday, July 19, 2011

God is My BFF

Whenever problems arise, what do you do to lessen the load?  As for me, I pour the heaviness of my heart to my husband, children, my family or to my dear friends.  I don't broadcast my problems to the world, just to a select circle of people.  Their words of wisdom, comforting words, ready shoulders to cry on and reassurance that everything will be alright do a lot to lift my spirits.  

What if the problem is just insurmountable? A problem that neither money nor the counsel of well-meaning friends can alleviate?  Whom do you turn to?  I turn to God.  I draw strength from the words of St. Matthew from 11:28-30:  Come to me, all you work hard and who carry heavy burdens and I will refresh you. Take up my yoke upon you, and learn from me for I am gentle and humble of heart: and you shall find rest. For my yoke is good and my burden is light.  I lift all my cares and minutes after I feel a sense of serenity within me.  Truly He is my best friend, my BFF.

In 1939, Mary Stevenson of Pennsylvania, USA wrote a poem that remains very popular to this day, Footprints in the Sand.  Orphaned by her mother at the tender age of 6 and a childhood spent during America's toughest and most trying times, Mary wrote this poem.  It talks of God's benevolence, magnanimity and love to mankind.

On introspection, I came to the conclusion that being benevolent, magnanimous and loving is not exclusive to God.  Ordinary mortals can emulate God.  A lot of our countrymen are mired in poverty and its attendant problems and we just can not afford to sit back and relax in the comforts of our homes and airconditioned offices.  Let's get our act together and find out what our less fortunate brothers and sisters need.  We need not look far.  He or she may be your household member or your barber or hairdresser.  As I said, we don't have to look far.

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