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Friday, March 25, 2011

Dad’s Vick’s Inhaler

For the past several days, I have battling with symptoms of cold and flu. So far, I think I am still fine although I’m having a clogged and runny nose. Gosh, it’s difficult to sleep at night when you can’t seem to breathe. Thank God, I haven’t had any fever but I feel warm the other day.

I don’t advise anyone to self medicate but since I feel that a common cold is just a simple sickness, and there are medicines available over the counter, I’ve decided to take simple medicines for cold to ease the symptoms although they make me drowsy. Next time, I’ll take the “no-drowse” ones.

Still, my nose remained clogged so I’ve tried to look for any other remedy like a rubefacient but it doesn’t seem to give much relief then I’ve remembered my Dad’s Vicks Inhaler. He used to keep an inhaler before  because he used to catch cold quite often before. I’m surprised to find out that his inhaler still works even after a little over two years. Using it has been a great relief.

I’m not advertising it. Relief comes not only from the camphor and menthol in it, but also from the thought that it’s Dad himself who has bought it. It’s like Dad himself has bought a medicine for me. I remember, I always ask him to buy an inhaler for me whenever I catch a cold. How I miss those days. If only he is still here, I’m sure he’s going to rub a rubefacient balm over my chest and back. There are certain things can never be the same now that he has died. I’m just grateful that there are a lot of memories from little stuffs that still connect us together.

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Wednesday, March 9, 2011

I Choose Jesus

Several months ago, I accompanied my friend, church mate and a fellow minister in music, Alex Gonzaga  on the piano as he sang in church a beautiful song “I Choose Jesus” although it had been in Filipino translation done by his late uncle Rev. Nehemias Abesamis.

I feel it is one of the best songs ever written for Christ. In this life, there are many decisions we need to make. In the long road of life, we need to make sure that we are in the right path but it seems so hard. We keep on making mistakes; we keep on falling down even though we trust God’s guiding hand.

The challenge of the song is to make a choice. Whenever we will encounter a situation wherein we would need to choose between Christ and sin, always choose Christ not just for good times or nice blessings, but also for sacrifices and personal crosses, for in this life there are many, not because God has ordained us to suffer but because He has made us to be victorious.
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