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Friday, March 14, 2014

Do you long to be with the Lord? - Daily Bible Reflections March 14,2014

I wait with longing for the Lord, my soul waits for his word. – Psalm 130:5
Being an ambassador for God and country in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) is not child’s play. Diplomatic or consular work here is, as I jokingly say, a “25/8 job.” This is the second largest destination of Filipino labor migrants. Estimates say there are between 500,000 to 800,000 OFs (Overseas Filipinos) here.
       According to UAE data, as many as 40,000 OFs come to the Philippine Embassy yearly in Abu Dhabi or to the Philippine Consulate General in Dubai as distressed, meaning those who ran away from their employers for varied reasons.
       Friday, which is the start of the weekend, or the only weekend for those who need to work on Saturdays, is when the more than 100 OFs organizations hold their induction events, anniversaries and Christmas parties. Calls for help come round the clock. One can be burnt out with all the challenges and activities of such a busy post.
       I thank God that UAE is an open country that allows multiple faiths to be practiced. As a Light of Jesus, a CFCHandmaid of the Lord, and a Regina Rosarii Contemplative Association member, I find strength and sustenance for my body and soul to continue my work by attending Holy Mass and reading His Word. Grace Relucio Princesa (grprincesa@yahoo.com)
Reflection: Do you long to be with the Lord?
Lord, may my soul always long to be refreshed by Your Word.
St. Maximillian, pray for us.

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