"The Gift of the Magi"

Before I close my entry for the year 2006, I would like to share this beautiful love story of Jim and Della in O. Henry's "The Gift of the Magi". A very simple love story and yet connotes a very deep meaning....

click here to read the story---"The Gift.."

Have a fruitful and peaceful New Year to all!


Christmas is....

Tutubi said...

Christmas is Love. Love is Jesus. Therefore Christmas is Jesus.

Ann said...

Bakit kaya pag Pasko mas maraming tao ang bumabait? Nagkakasundo yung mga dating may alitan.

Iba talaga ang dating ng Pasko sa bawa't isa..yun yata ang tinatawag na Spirit of Christmas. Hindi natin nakikita pero nararamdaman natin.

ghee said...

ang pasko ay pagkakaisa ng mga puso bilang pagbibigay galang kay Hesus na ating Poon.


*****I say "amen" to the ladies...and so let's make everyday a season of love ,sharing and forgiving...make everyday a Christmastime . Let us also make the celebration a simple one... as we remember the humble beginning of Jesus being borne in the manger. hAPPY bIRTHDAY JESUS! MERRY CHRISTMAS TO EVERYONE!!


What is Christmas for you?


The lesson...

"It's not how much you give in what you do but it's how much of your heart that you pour out in all that you do.."

My teaching experience with Chris really taught me a lot. Sometimes it feels like digging a desperate well..and what i do is but a sorry attempt. Out of desperation, it even crossed my mind to better stop this struggle. Though i give my heart in what i do, i still couldn't feel so content with what he can only afford to grasp from what i taught. The shoelacing session was like torture to both of us(he'd really complain)... finding him hardly able to do such a very basic means of independency. The reading session is even tougher...coz his interest on it depends on his mood. It seems to me that the challenge is more than i can only encompass as his tutor. I almost felt quiting.

But not this morning, I'm surprised to hear him able to read some sentences though they're read in broken lines. It's like music to my ears...somehow i feel a sense of fulfillment. Looking back from how we started..from there i see that he has really made a good leap now...even great..this must have been Chris's wonderful gift to me this christmas...realizing all the tough times when it's not only I who endured so patiently but him....and then somehow all those times when I was there for him have already been paid off. Because that's what i promise myself...that he'll learn before i go....

I learned a lot from people. If i were to recap** all that have happened to me during this whole year, and all the people who come and go...i say, thanks to them...to all of you...and that this makes my perspective in life deepen in a way. Because of this, i am now a better person if not best.

Thanks Chris...and thanks to all who became a part of me..i want you all to know that i may appear to be such just a myth in this site...but deep in my heart....i am real....and i will never trade a single moment of knowing you guys.

****It's Chris' birthday on Dec.14...Advance Happy birthday Chris!


Mary's doubtless YES...

In the sixth month, the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a town of Galilee called Nazareth. He was sent to a young virgin who was betrothed to a man named Joseph, of the family of David; and the virgin's name was Mary.

The angel came to her and said, "Rejoice, full of grace, the Lord is with you." Mary was troubled at these words, wondering what this greeting could mean.
But the angel said, "Do not fear, Mary, for God has looked kindly on you. You shall conceive and bear a son and you shall call him Jesus. He will be great and shall rightly be called Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the kingdom of David, his ancestor; he will rule over the people of Jacob forever and his reign shall have no end."

Then Mary said to the angel, "How can this be if I am a virgin?" And the angel said to her, "The Holy Spirit will come upon you and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore, the holy child to be born shall be called Son of God. Even your relative Elizabeth is expecting a son in her old age, although she was unable to have a child, and she is now in her sixth month. With God nothing is impossible."

Then Mary said, "I am the handmaid of the Lord, let it be done to me as you have said." And the angel left her.

---Luke 1:26-38

*****today is Feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary.


When typhoon took it all....

Survivors struggle to salvage pieces of lives, belongings...

BINITAYAN -- Christian Malsi used to admire the orchids and ornamental cactuses his aunt had been growing under the shade of a mango tree on the slopes of the Mayon volcano.

A powerful typhoon last week changed the view forever: his house, like most others in Binitayan, a riverside community in Daraga town in Albay province, was buried up to the roof under the tons of loose black sand and mud unleashed by rains.

Gone too is the mango tree, toppled, leafless, its bark and branches shredded in pieces, like the lives of more than 1,000 people feared dead in landslides that ravaged the region.

Official figures showed 526 dead, 1,000 injured and 740 missing. More than 1 million people in 13 eastern provinces were affected, and about 20,000 have gone to evacuation centers.

"It's all gone," Malsi, a 20-year-old hardware shop bagger, said as he stood on the top of the wall of his living room, where the roof used to be. "We can't live here anymore."

Like many of his neighbors, he, his younger sister, aunt and uncle saved only their lives and some clothes on their backs.

Neighbor Joel Bejo, meanwhile, was digging like a treasure hunter, gingerly removing the sand from around a metal TV stand. He had earlier salvaged his TV and a few clothes. Standing in the middle of a three-meter (10-foot) hole, he was searching for his wife's sewing machine.

The entire article at INQ7.net