Earlier this morning, I was pacing back and forth, trying to figure out what to write to you. I deleted this letter again and again. After so many rewrites, I decided to just write from the heart. It’s what I know best. I’d usually write a wedding blog, but today it needs to go beyond weddings. It’s about love and the love for my neighbor. As I scroll through images of what happened to the people in the Philippines after Typhoon Haiyan, I can’t help but see my husband and his family in them. I’m not Filipina, but my extended Filipino family have always treated me as their own because I look like one of them. My love for their people is just as great as if we were blood. The other day, a Filipino friend called me to say, ‘Thank you! Thank you for what you’re doing For Philippines with Love.” And I couldn’t hold back the tears. One part of me was crying for them. But a bigger part of me was crying because it’s really the other way around - I wanted to say, “Thank you for letting me help you! It’s my honor to serve your people,” but tears just came down. I hope that I’m doing enough to help! From donating a portion from our print magazine, to creating a website so we can raise money to send them emergency shelter and life saving supplies, I hope and pray that we are doing enough. But I’m reminded of the words of my favorite teacher and soon to be Saint, Mother Theresa, “It’s not how much we give, but how much love we put into the giving.” And knowing that slows down my tears. They are far from us, but I can hear their cries. I can’t imagine what they’re going though, and I don’t think I could understand the pains. But I do understand the pain of losing someone you love. It hurts. And it’s painful. My heart is heavy for them. On my knees, I pray to God everyday that He gives them strength to heal their pain, I pray that He feeds their hunger, I pray that He helps them find their loved ones, and I pray He comforts them when they have lost everything. I pray to God that our outpouring of love today, from across the internet and blogsphere on this Bloggers Day of Silence sends a message to them that we hear them and they are not alone. MAHAL KITA!
With love from me,