October 23, 2013

Of Quakes and Things Indestructible

Posted in 2013 Journal at 08:39 by Miracle

A week after the calamitous 7.2-magnitude earthquake that shook Central Visayas and some parts of Mindanao, over 2000 aftershocks have been recorded, and the counting continues.

The entire country aches for those who have been hardest hit, and once again, we witness the unshakeable spirit of the Filipino people.

It is particularly on social media that we are able to take note of the various ways our people are coping, and it is usually done with humor.  Of course, no one in their right minds would wish to make light of the tragedy, but we have to admit that the country has always been able to get by every calamity with the bayanihan spirit and the trademark Filipino sense of humor.

Meanwhile in Dipolog, we have birds chirping, rosy sunrises, a view of our silky black stretch of beach sand and the serene sea, rosy sunrises, glorious summer-like sunsets, and a clear view of the moon almost every night.  With the bad weather in Luzon, devastation in Visayas, and chaos in other parts of Mindanao, Dipolog makes one feel as if it is an entirely different country. Yes, we felt the quake and the aftershocks, too, but Dipolog has been fairly unperturbed. We should be thankful for this and not take this blessing for granted.

Furthermore, as we behold and support the rebuilding and the restoration of what has been destroyed in Bohol and Cebu, perhaps it is time to reconsider not only the strength of our infrastructures or the generosity of the budget reserved for the reinforcement of heritage buildings, but especially of things indestructible – things like faith, hope, and love.

“So we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.”

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