Nov 11, 2013

{Five Minute Friday}: Truth

Five Minute Friday
Every Friday, a group of women gather round over at Lisa-Jo's place to write and share musings about a word prompt, all in five minutes.  The word for this week is TRUTH, and to be truthful about it, it took me 5 minutes for the first 2 paragraphs only.  My mind wanders off too often, I'm afraid.  And here is what I have written for 12 minutes.


The truth is, I was gripped with fear, not for my own safety, but of the people who would be at the center of this raging storm, the perfect storm, so it seems.  I have seen how perfectly defined it is, from the satellite photos, but something so magnificent from afar, is truly devastating where it made its landfall.  

The truth is, I was avoiding the news updates that would tell of the devastation and death tallies.  But there is really no avoiding that, as it was the talk of probably the whole world while the people in the central part of our country were being ravaged by Haiyan.

The truth is, I feel very conflicted.  I am thankful for not being in the direct path of the storm, though we have felt it's effect here in Manila.  But though thankful, I am also crying on the inside for the people who were not spared and my heart simply breaks for all the chaos and panic that Haiyan has brought upon us.

The truth is, all these things are very hard to comprehend.  And still harder to comfort those who were ravaged, who lost lives and properties, who are still reeling from the effects.

Nature always takes its course, and that is also a truth that we have to deal with.  Calamities have happened and will happen...a grim truth that we have to deal with in this life.

But the only TRUTH now that I want to hold on to, is His truth and His promises.  

"Be STILL...and know that I AM GOD."  


Please pray for the people, that they may rise up from this tragedy, stronger and braver to face life.


  1. Thank you for stopping by my blog today! I love coffee and will be following you along here. My heart breaks for the Philippines. I will be praying for all affected. Blessings!

  2. It is heartbreaking, but we need to get up,as we all do after a tragedy. Thank you for your prayers. It means a lot and I believe we need all the prayers we could have to help us in the healing process.

    I also love coffee and am simply loving your blog.

  3. You are busy Ms. Aileen! I'm impressed with this blog and will check in again. Truth is a great word to ponder and observe how we use/live it. :-)

  4. Thanks so much Eliz! Yes, it's a big word and sometimes, it's hard to handle as well.

  5. HI Aileen,
    Yes, praying with you for the Philippines...our World Vision sponsored girl lives there...wondering how she and her family are doing...thanks for visiting my blog...nice to meet you :)

  6. Thank you for your prayers, Dolly. I hope that girl you mentioned is safe together with her family.

  7. Hello Natasha. Thanks for visiting. I am so burdened with what is happening right there where the storm hit the hardest.

  8. I love this blog, sis! I was not able to make the NaBloPoMo (tamad much lang) but I would love to join this 5 minute thing!

  9. Sure sis, join in tomorrow. But since we're 12 hrs ahead of US time, you'll see the prompt sometime after 12NN of Friday. See you there!

  10. My heart is breaking for my fellow brothers and sisters in the Philippines. My prayers are with all of them. I am visiting from Five Minute Friday. I will be visiting more often to enjoy a cup of coffee with you dear Aileen! Blessings!