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Light amid darkness

12:01 AM January 17, 2017

It is two o’clock in the afternoon. Typhoon “Nina’s” direction is Sorsogon, one of the cities in the Bicol region.

I hurriedly go to the front window of our house. Earlier, I helped my daughter put up a sheet of galvanized iron over a piece of plywood to protect the window from the wild, swaying force of the wind that is now clearly at Signal No. 3.

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Fourteen years ago in 2002, I retired as an elementary grade teacher. This did not stop me from doing volunteer work— teaching catechesis, as secretary to a cooperative helped with a grant from World Vision, and as secretary of the senior citizens federation in Sorsogon City.

Way back before 2016, those were peaceful years. Why reminisce those years?

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This was Christmas 2016, a time wracked by extrajudicial killings, corruption, illegal drug trade, wars and typhoons. Thank God, Nina was the last typhoon of the year, and Pope Francis is praying for world peace.

I count myself lucky. In my 75 years I am inspired by our federation president who is tirelessly working for the cause of the elderly pensioners, including those who do not get involved.

Despite oft-delayed receipt of our meager pensions, we should not cease to pray to the “new-born” Child. Though uncertainties cloud the new year’s horizon, all is proof that, as Ardis Whitman once said, at the heart of darkness an unquenchable light shines.

A prosperous New Year to all!

 

AZULINA DETERA MARBELLA, Caricaran, Bacon District, Sorsogon City

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