the monsoon season here this year has been relatively uneventful compared to last year when, within weeks of each other, we experienced catastrophic “ondoy,” that engulfed metro manila, and even more cataclysmic “peping,” that brought a great deluge to the northern provinces. however, a great storm is expected next week, heading to the northern provinces again.
i know we pinoys have a prayer for every intent and for every intention, but i didn’t realize we also had a prayer specifically for storms (but we’re on the monsoon belt, so why am i surprised?). anyway, a good friend of mine shared it on her fb page and it goes a little like this:
“graciously hear us, o lord, when we call upon you, and grant unto our supplications a calm atmosphere, that we, who are justly afflicted for our sins, may, by your protecting mercy, experience pardon, through christ our lord. amen.”
we weren’t a direct hit with both ondoy and peping but given our location in the plains, we of course got flooded. so i hope and trust that that little prayer will help. however, since the storms that bring the rains that bring the floods are what make our lands fertile and refill our dams, i just hope that should the storms come, that there will be little or no loss of lives.
which brings me to angels. i’ve always believed in guardian angels, but last year a little miracle strenghtened my faith in them, specifically in mine. during a blackout caused by ondoy, i literally fell over a glasstop table which was transferred to another place due to the floods. the glass top broke into many pieces (imagine my weight on it), and i thought i had cut my knee which first landed on it before the rest of my body, but to my surprise, i didn’t have a single scratch. i just had to sit for a while and say a big prayer of thanks to god, with special mention to my guardian angel, of course. that angel must have had sore arms afterwards for breaking my fall 🙂
do you remember this prayer? i find myself saying this once in a while. “angel of god, my guardian dear, to whom god’s love commits me here. ever this day be at my side, to light and guard, to rule and guide. amen.”
(weather forecast map from http://www.pagasa.gov.ph/)