Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Two Milestones for July

Two milestones for Add Mo 'Ko as Friend this July: First, Add Mo 'Ko as Friend moved up to No. 3 in the National Book Store's Bestsellers List from last month's fifth spot! 

Photo courtesy of National Bookstore

Second, Add Mo 'Ko as Friend is now available as an ebook at Amazon. This is great news for family and friends who live elsewhere around the world and for those who don't have time to visit bookstores in the Philippines which distribute my book. To buy the Kindle edition, click here.

Photo courtesy of www.amazon.com

If you still don't have a copy, I hope you get one for yourself very soon--and for your friends too!

Monday, July 9, 2012

Life is Precious

Today, through Facebook, I learned about the death of a Filipino Christian leader, Dr. Eli Javier. I came to realize and accept Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior as a teenager and during those years, I had several chances to hear Dr. Javier share inspirational messages about Christianity with  his usual sense of humor. The last time I heard him speak was a few years ago during a convention. He was already old but it was still refreshing to hear him. 

Only minutes in between, I saw also through Facebook, the sonograms of the fetuses of my friends Dawn and Mae. Obviously, I'm happy for both of them. They don't know each other and they live continents apart from each other, but both chose to share to the world on the same day the happy news about the tiny, fragile life growing in their womb. 

What a day, what mixed feelings. I felt sad and nostalgic about the earthly departure of a leader who also contributed to my spiritual growth. But on the other hand, I was reminded too that he is now in a better state--in the glorious presence of His Creator. I am thankful that God raised him to be a messenger of His Word and a mentor to countless many. In God's judgment, his time on earth is up. 

But time for the two babies in my two friends' wombs is just beginning. In a few months, after their mothers had carefully nurtured and lovingly cared for them, and at God's appointed time, they will be brought out into this world to begin life on earth. I pray that they too will know their Creator in a personal way and seek to live for Him each day, and even serve Him one day as their mothers are doing so. 

I've heard that fact before--each day someone  is dying while someone is being born. But it hit me today.  It's true. Life is precious. Life is such a wonderful gift from God. May we value each moment of our lives and the lives of the people under our care. In the end, I hope we can all say, we had a life well lived. In God, I believe we can. 

"The length of our days is seventy years —or eighty, if we have the strength...Teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain a heart of wisdom." A prayer of Moses, based on Psalm 90:10, 12