I wrote this quote on my Facebook (which I barely open nowadays) two years ago:
One thing about people is that they tend to keep what they really feel while they’re still alive, so when their time is over, those feelings were left unexpressed, and the chance for closure becomes zero.
The Philippines was hit by the Bagyong Yolanda (Typhoon Haiyan) last November 2013. It was one of the strongest typhoons to ever hit the Philippines. Thousands of people lost their lives, loved ones, and properties.
I was a thousand miles away from home when it happened. I lost connection with my family for a month. All the communication systems were broken. I was devastated not hearing any news from them. I don’t want to think bad things. I had faith. I prayed a lot. The only thing I felt guilty of not doing before the typhoon hit was to tell my family how much I loved them and how much they mean the world to me.
After a month, they were able to find a way to contact me and tell me that they’re all okay. Our house has numerous damages, but I don’t care about that. What’s important is that they’re all safe.
During that situation, I realized that we don’t know what’s going to happen to us in a day or two. It could be good or bad, either way, we should alway grab every chance we can to tell the people we love how much they mean to us.
Every day we have the chance
To wake up, to sing and dance
To spend time with the people we love
And to thank God from above
Our time is short in this wonderful world
We shouldn’t let our feelings go unheard
For when our time is over,
Everything we once knew and loved will be gone forever
– © Pancake Bunnykins
Before I left The Philippines in July 2013, I reminded my father to always keep a certain page in the Bible open at all times, The Psalm 91, which preached about God as our Protector. People in my country believed that if you kept open the page of Psalm 91 in your house, those who dwell there will be safe from harm.
The Lord is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.