We are sharing with the Community, the thanksgiving part of the opening prayer made by couple Fred and Fanny Simba at our Tunasan (Sto. Nino) Prayer Group last Sunday, March 11.
The couple are relatively new members and it was their first time leading the congregation in praise and worship, but like the scorching heat of the sun, their prayer seared the souls of everyone that many could not help but shed tears. One BLD member commented that it was a very powerful prayer where she felt the very strong presence of the Lord. While we have a standard guide for our Community prayer, this clearly manifested, that what takes precedence is the supreme importance of sincerity or for the worship leaders to completely surrender themselves to the enveloping love and compassion of the Lord, so that it will radiate to each and everyone in the congregation.
Fred and Fanny were among those who joined the recently concluded ME No. 292 as candidates of Paranaque ME No. 2 with Joe and Carol Magsino, as the ME Coordinators. They have 8 children. While the junk Shop providing them livelihood is now gradually closing down and Fred is the only one temporarily retained under its employ, the couple remains steadfast in their unflinching faith that the Lord would continue to take care of them. Fanny is trying to augment the family income by selling cooked food.
Their thanksgiving prayer:
“Panginoon, salamat sa pag-aalay ng iyong buhay para sa amin. Sa pagtubos mo sa aming mga kasalanan. Sa walang hanggan mong pagibig. Sa pag-iingat at pag-aadya mo sa amin sa kapahamakan. Sa pagpapadala mo sa amin ng mga taong di nag-sasawa, di natitinag, di sumusuko, handing magtiis at mag sakripisyo sa kapakanan ng iba. Ingatan mo po sila at gabayan. Bigyan mo po sila ng mahabang buhay upang marami pa silang matulungan.”
Like the Roman centurion, Fred and Fanny have that unshakable faith in the Lord and this goes with their supplication for long life for us (BLD members) who minister and care for people like them. Let us join them in their entreaty, especially for those who have serious illness among our Community members, to fully recover and be back to the pink of health for a long life.
Incidentally, Aliza Nocom, our HS2 member, who was given the gift of vision of angels, purgatory, the devils and discernment of spiritual messages during our LSS’s, Ecounters and Eucharistic Celebrations, made a brief testimony during the prayer meeting. By more than coincidence, her main message that ….sa ating
Panginoong Hesus ang bawat isa ay mahalaga at nais nyang tulungan, nais nyang abutin, ilapit sa kanya at maipadama ang kanyang awa at lubos na pagmamahal…harmonized very well with the Gospel message for the day and the reflection made by Tony Suiza, also of HS2. Tony professed that the Gospel verse,
For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that whoever believes in him will not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16
.is an embodiment of the entire Scripture. Indeed, so immense is God’s love for us that He gave His only son that every one of us will be with Him in His heavenly Kingdom. To appreciate this is to ponder for a moment the incomprehensibility of sacrificing our very own child for the sake of other people.