Today I turned a year older
It has been a year of bad luck for me.
Problems have beset me
I have at times emotionally collapsed under the weight of my burden
Family and friends have been my sanctuary
As I drift in these waves of uncertainty
God has been the Almighty power that has kept me anchored
I wanted to end the day with a prayer
I dropped by the Baclaran church - it was past 11pm
Late, dark , unpredictable ...
This was not the safest place to be at close to midnight
As I opened my car doors, my eye caught a few shadows moving in the trees
Then a few more moving swiftly towards me
My impulse was to close the door and drive away
But then I heard music ...
They were singing
"Happy birthday to you ,happy birthday to you ... "
It was a surprise
Street kids I had helped
'Watch your car' boys I had listened to
Vendors I had simply talked to
Materially poor but spiritually rich
Wishing me a happy birthday
In a parking lot
Within the shadow of a church of God
I sat with them awhile
Under the shadow of a churchyard tree
We crossed the street and had an impromptu party at a Chow King outlet
We talked about life
I said how much I appreciated them
Teary eyed - they said thank you for all that they considered to be my kindnesses
Friday the 13th
A day of reflection
A day of renewing my commitment to help the needy
To dedicating my strength to helping others
To finding fullfillment in the mission of goodness and kindness
Friday the 13th
It was my birthday
My day started with the weight of the world upon my shoulders
It ends with the focus on my own problems somehow being lessened
I will go to sleep now with a smile
With a prayer
And a question ...
"In the evening of my life I shall look to the sunset,
At a moment in my life when the night is due.
And the question I shall ask only I can answer
Was I brave and strong and true?
Did I fill the world with love my whole life through?"