A Great Man and the First Man I loved

If there is one great man I know, it’s undoubtedly my Tatay. He introduce me and my sister to the Christian faith. He taught me to pray and love God, to be honest, to be humble, to be forgiving, to respect and be compassionate to everyone. Those lessons greatly impacted my life.

He modeled contentment by living a simple life. He is exemplary kind and responsible. I will never forget all the sacrifices you’ve made to give us a good life despite being a solo parent. You relinquished your own happiness for our sake, and that to me is as precious as jewel.

I thought I would have much time to show you that I am grateful of all the things that you have done for us. I thought we still have plenty of time to bond together. I thought I will continue seeing your happy face whenever you are with my children. I thought I would be able to take care of you when your knees are week, when you are suffering from gout , or simply when you get really old.

It really hurts that without any warning, you went “home” too early. I have asked God “why too soon?” But Him being the author and finisher of our faith, reminded me that “All people are like grass, and all their faithfulness is like the flowers of the field. The grass withers and the flowers fall, because the breath of the Lord blows on them. Surely the people are grass. The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God endures forever.”  Isiah 40:6-8.  It’s truly painful for us, but it is “Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints.” Psalm 116:15. Had I knew you were leaving too soon, I would have spent more quality time with you Tatay. It hurts that we only have a short time together.

It was a shock of my life and it was really painful. Thankfully  we have people who loves us dearly; our family,relatives, my inlaws, and friends who was their to comfort us. The assurance of God’s word helps me to understand better ,the reason of our grief. In 1 Thessalonians 5:9-11 says For God has not destined us for wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ,  who died for us so that whether we are awake or asleep we might live with him. Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing. I know he was ready to face the Lord. I can only imagine my father, seeing face to face with our Creator, surrounded with His glory in a place much much better than earth. That probably is the most important event in every Christian life. He would not be lonely anymore, I know he is happy with Jesus and my mother.

Yes, I am now an orphan. But God, assured me hours before my father left us, though I loss my earthly father, I still have my Heavenly Father. “Father to the fatherless…–this is God, whose dwelling is holy.” Psaml 68:5.
I thank you LORD for being my comforter in this time of grief. “Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.” Matthew 5:4. I have been so afraid to face life without one of the most important person in my being, but HE told me “do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God.  I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10. And in our grief, He will turn our grief into gladness. I will give them comfort and joy in place of their sorrow. Jeremiah 31:13

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Thank you for the unconditional love Tatay! Your sun may have set already but we know that you have found a new sunrise.Your legacy will always remain in our heart. You are the very first man  I loved and you will always be loved. You are always in my thought and I miss you soo much!

 

April 8, 2015 | I wish it was all a dream

I thought it’s gonna be a usual day for me and my sister. I never thought that it would be a painful day for us. I wish it was all a dream, that when I woke up I would still be able to embrace my father and see his smile full of life.

God has it’s reason, I may not comprehend it right now but I trust and believe that “tatay” is in a much much better place. I can only imagine him, seeing face to face with our creator.

You will be always be loved, and your memories will remain alive with us. I will forever miss you Tatay!

The Passover

While on the cab last sunday morning on the way to church for Sunday service, the Passover came to my mind, and then I was trying to recall a little knowledge about the matter. But since I was with my kids, I was’nt able to do so, I think I need stillness to do that.

I didn’t know why it suddenly hit my mind in the middle of conversations about cranes, bridges and buildings. You know boys. Later did I know that the message last sunday was all about the 10th plague which is the Plague of the First born or the passing of the angel of death – The Passover. I was really surprise. If I couldn’t recall that little knowledge, probably because I heard it over a year ago. I know I read it from the Bible, but I fully don’t understood it. And here comes sunday service. I know it’s not a coincidence that I thought of Passover hours before the service. It’s God, answering the desire of my heart.

Let me share what I learned from today’s message. The title of the message is Rest in God’s Salvation. But since the title of this post is passover, I’d like to focus more on this historical and factual event that happened 4000 years ago (the old testament) and 2000 years ago (the new testament).

The 10th plague is written in the book of Exodus chapter 11-12. Oh by the way our church is on a series teaching about the book of Exodus after completing the Genesis series last year.

In Exodus 11:1 Now the Lord had said to Moses, “I will bring one more plague on Pharaoh and on Egypt. After that, he will let you go from here, and when he does, he will drive you out completely.

So Moses told the Pharaoh about the coming plague. But the Pharaoh’s heart was hardened and he did not let the people of Israel go.

And here comes the plague.
Exodus 12:12 “On that same night I will pass through Egypt and strike down every firstborn of both people and animals, and I will bring judgment on all the gods of Egypt. I am the Lord”. 

But God is so good. God gave Isralites (through Moses) a solution to escape the plague.

The Passover

Exodus 12:21-23 Then Moses summoned all the elders of Israel and said to them, “Go at once and select the animals for your families and slaughter the Passover lamb. 22 Take a bunch of hyssop, dip it into the blood in the basin and put some of the blood on the top and on both sides of the doorframe. None of you shall go out of the door of your house until morning. 23 When the Lordgoes through the land to strike down the Egyptians, he will see the blood on the top and sides of the doorframe and will pass over that doorway, and he will not permit the destroyer to enter your houses and strike you down.

The Lord is saying, 4000 year ago to the Isralites, if you want to be saved, put on the blood of the lamb. Now, the same event took place 2000 years ago through the death of Jesus Christ. Christ took the penalty of our sins, was crucified, buried and was risen.

In John 1:29 John testified about Jesus, “the next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!”

Jesus was called the Lamb of God who takes away our sin. Remember in Old testament, God instructed the Isralites to put on the blood of the Lamb on their door frame to avoid the angel of death. Did you notice the parallelism?

And 1Corinthians 5:7 tells us that “Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed”.

Christ has been crucified, overcome evil and death.

Now look at the parallel of the event that took place in the old testament and new testament.

Old Testament (4000 years)                             New Testament (2000 years)

Lamb                                                                      Jesus                                                                  Unblemished                                                         Perfect                                                                No broken bones                                                  No broken bones                                              Passover                                                               Died on Passover                                              Blood                                                                     Crucified                                                              Substitute                                                              Died for us                                                          Grace                                                                    Grace

This event, The Passover written in the book of exodus is a best example of the Gospel.

Only By Grace

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But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions — it is by grace you have been saved.(Ephesians 2:4-5)

For if it not have been for Your Son, who is blameless, who took the penalty of my transgressions, I would not be who I am today. I will always be in awe to You my God my King! Thank you for the forgiveness, and for loving me first.

The Piggy Back Ride

Lets transport back to the time when we were kids and your dad gave you a piggy back ride so you can see a parade or a performance on the stage because you are not so tall for you to see that. I guess most of us had that piece of childhood memory.

On the other hand, our son Zian was not watching a parade or a performance, he simply want a piggy back ride while we are heading home from Zoe’s school.

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The picture caught me once again after browsing my stack image on my phone. This is just a cool father and son bonding that’s why it lands on this page.