Pray for the Peace of the Philippines

Meditating on Psalm 122.

I was glad when they said to me,
“Let us go into the house of the Lord.” (Ps. 122: 1)

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Before super typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) landed in the Visayas Region, Church brethren in Cebu Outreach had begun praising and worshiping the Lord. There was a video shared by one of the sisters in Christ there showing the faithful in Christ clapping and singing to the living God, the only One who could save them, while the winds howled and the rains lashed. But I know that even the outreach stations in Leyte also spent the whole time praising and praying. That is, before the typhoon wiped out the outreach building in Tacloban and the beloved workers with their families ran to the nearest mountain and took refuge there until the typhoon passed.

Who wouldn’t be glad to go to the house of the Lord in the face of a looming catastrophe? Psalm 122 was written by David for his beloved city of Jerusalem, but I cannot think of Jerusalem now, now that our country is mourning the lives of our fellow countrymen that perished in the cruelty of the super typhoon that had just passed. I cannot get my mind off our own. How do we see Psalm 122 as applied to our present lives? It is for our cities and nations, too. We can say “Pray for the peace of  ______” (state your city or country).

Pray for the peace of the Philippines. After being pummelled by a string of calamities that took lives and destroyed properties worth millions, Philippines needs the urgent agonizing, earnest prayers of the Church. The unrelenting calamities are one thing, the vexatious and seemingly endless political bickering is another. It is wearisome to see these politicians whose actions are motivated by self-serving agendas. Pray for the peace of the Philippines.

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After receiving their allocation of relief goods, the children served the military men who brought the goods fresh coconut juice in the shell and freshly-caught crabs — their simple token of gratitude to the people who showed kindness to them. Look at those kids carrying their share of goods to relieve them of their hunger and thirst. (These scenes bring me to the verge of crying). “May they prosper who love you”, Philippines.

I was totally blown away by this story that was shared on Facebook. It tells about the hospitality of the Filipinos. I was actually planning to write about it, how that Filipino families would willingly sleep on the floor to give the bed for their guests. Or how they would prepare the best food they could afford and serve the best fruits to their guests before they would even consider helping themselves (to the food). But this story, it says so much. I was touched. It’s like praying Psalm 122: “May they prosper who love you.”

Pray for the peace of the Philippines:

“May they prosper who love you.
7 Peace be within your walls,
Prosperity within your palaces.”
8 For the sake of my brethren and companions,
I will now say, “Peace be within you.”
9 Because of the house of the Lord our God
I will seek your good. (vv. 6-9)

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