In memory of my cousin who was gunned down serving his country in January 2011. He was a fearless journalist, a passionate environmental activist whose only mistake was serving the country he so loved…
“The sun never sets
It only hides beyond the mountains
And in times of darkness
It rises again in the hearts of men.”
Grace is a word that has always left me in awe – it is such a big word. As a human being, it is hard to fathom. It is about humility, love, compassion, unmerited favour, a word that is like a gentle whisper yet powerful, releases
forgiveness, liberating and teaches how limited we are. It is about love, identified with real beauty, and describes the giving heart of God.
Grace has seen me through my best days and my worst.
In times of trouble, I access grace to dig at my innermost reserve to find strength to go through life and survive;
In times of stress, I turn to find the grace to navigate the turbulence whirling in my head to find peace and quiet repose;
In times of disappointment, grace allows me to smile, understand that I can’t always have life the way I want it and move on.
In happy days,
Grace teaches me to release love to the people around me whether I know them or not, whether they love me back or not;
In times of peace, grace makes me realise the blessings that I have to give me the strength to share it around;
These moments shake me to realise I have received unmerited favour that I don’t deserve;
Grace keeps me grounded that I am not perfect and so can always forgive;
Grace allows me to stop striving, trying, agonising over things I cannot change;
Grace liberates…..it sets me free.
– 5 Jul 15, Sydney
********I have related to this poem since I was a little girl*********
“One day I’ll catch the sun
And keep it for my own.
And in a world where no one understands
I’ll take my outstretched hand
And offer it to anyone who comes along
And tells me he’s in need of love, in need of hope,
or maybe just a friend.
Maybe in time I’ll even share my sun
With that new anyone to whom I gave my hand….”
Little street urchins with lovely smiles ~ after I treated them to ice-cream 🙂
This pic was from a Feeding Program for street kids in Cebu.
(Photo taken by one of the kids) ♥♥♥
***Cebu – a beautiful place filled with lots of memories.
The one thing that separates those who survive and those who perish in life’s struggles is hope. Even in sickness, the hope and will to live play a critical role in healing. Hope allows us to believe in a better life, a better future. In times of darkness, hope enables us to keep waking up in the morning, a day at a time, and we keep going. And when hope is present, faith is birthed, which allows us to start seeing things before they happen. With faith, we see with the heart, then the senses follow. They say faith cannot be manufactured, but it comes when we hear and know the words and truth that make them come alive.
To a Hero Filled with Love and Light, Nelson Mandela
**Dedicated to a hero filled with love and light that just crossed over, may you rest in peace…(1918-2013)**
So many great things have been written about you. All I can say is that we are so fortunate to have witnessed one of the greatest men to have walked the planet in our lifetime. You embody justice, fairness, courage, the ability to love, quiet dignity, unselfishness, and a great sense of humour, always manifesting in your beautiful smile. Prison and betrayal never took away that smile, as if signifying your faith in humanity, in the goodness of men, your belief in the future, and in seeing hope for mankind.
***People are remembered for different reasons when they die. As for you, I believe it is the pursuit of love, truth, freedom and justice. May you live forever in the hearts of the young and the old. Rest in peace great man of our generation!