(Below is the Exhortation given by our Senior Head Coordinator Tito Spanky Meer during our 38th Anniversary celebration last July 21, 2013 held at Ynares Sports Arena, Pasig City.)
Good afternoon, my brothers and sisters.
Allow me to share with you 6 brief points:
First, let me say these past 10 days or so has been a very trying period for my family.
Thank you all for your prayers and support, especially for our daughter Jen and our son-in-law, Toots Lopez, and their 2-month old twins, both of whom had to be rushed to the hospital. The struggle was intense within me. I had to ask our Lord for strength and for His mercy!
– Sabine, whose convulsion/seizure is now under control, will have to remain in the hospital for another two weeks, as her medication has to be administered thru IV.
– Agustin, who had an infection in his lymph nodes, is now home.
Second, we each have our own challenges and trials in our lives.
I have asked the District Coordinators to share their intercessory lists with the Sector and I’ve asked the Sector Coordinators to share their Sector Intercessory Lists with the other Sectors.
God’s love flows thru us, as we remember each other in our prayers.
Third, we all know that God prepares us and strengthens us for these challenges and trials, the crosses He specially places on each of our shoulders.
Personally, God has been constantly reminding me that He’s in the boat with me. Just as He was with the Apostles when they experienced strong winds and giant waves, I need to hang on to Him and trust Him completely.
Fourth, in Ecclesiastes, we know there are different times and seasons in our lives.
So to those of us whose lives are going smoothly now, rejoice, give thanks and share your blessings. Reach out specially to those who have special needs.
Fifth, someone said: “Events in our lives shape us, but it’s our choices that define us”.
My brothers and sisters: choose love always!!!
Some among us may experience obstacles, difficulties in loving. Maybe due to forgiveness, our egos, our selfishness or sin
Know in our hearts – God loves us! He is a God of infinite mercy! Ask Him for the grace to be moved to choose love!
Finally, after 38 years as His community, God promises us:
– to heed the His Call, in faith
– to continue to be His disciples
– to pursue His mission with even greater zeal
Today, God gives us 3 new District Coordinators, a new Sector Coordinator and 2 battle-tested Sector Coordinators- examples/models/ champions of His love!
Today, God declares anew in heaven and on earth:
“Kayo ang Aking Ligaya!”
Happy Anniversary, Ligaya!