A year for prayer
Published by the Visayan Daily Star Publications, Inc.
|NINFA R. LEONARDIA|
Editor-in-Chief & President
NIDA A. BUENAFE
MAJA P. DELY
ANTONIO L. LEONARDIA|
There is barely one more day to go through before the year 2013 passes away and we will welcome 2014.
The year that is going by is probably one of the most calamity and destruction-marked that, not only our country, but also others have gone through. The year had seen disasters like grievous accidents that killed hundreds of people, like train wrecks, boat sinkings, and plane crashes, and natural calamities from floods, earthquakes, landslides, and typhoons.
We also witnessed bloody conflicts among nations, uprisings against leaders, suicide bombings, murders committed by mercenary guns-for-hire, prison riots, massacres of families, ruthless shootings of schoolchildren, thieveries and other crimes against properties as never seen before.
In our country, we have also seen this year the most outrageous theft of the people's money, perpetrated, not by robbers and ordinary criminals, but, it seems, by people we have elected into office, trusting that they would be the protectors, not only of our lives and our future, but also of the funds of our government supposed to be used for the improvement of our lives, our children and our communities.
One can only wonder if any other year had seen so much of these condemnable things happening, and if these will ever happen again. The disclosures and discoveries of the evil that men can do have confounded us, and that is why we can only hope, and pray that the coming year will be kinder to us.
Perhaps all these happenings are reminders to us all that this world is no longer what it used to be, or what God had intended its people to be as they continue to inhabit the place He had created for them. Perhaps we should be thankful that He did not strike us in his wrath with what he did for Noah's contemporaries during the earliest days of His creation. Maybe we can take heart in His own words when He said He would never again send a punishment as devastating and complete as that he dealt Noah's generation.
As we go into this New Year, let us amend our ways and pray both for forgiveness and the fortitude to avoid what may displease Him.
With that in mind, let us wish each and everyone a Happier and more Prayerful New Year!*