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Wednesday, November 16, 2016

When you’re generous in sharing your gifts without expecting anything in return, you leave God to recompense you with His abundance - Daily Bible Reflections November 16, 2016


TRUSTED ONE
 
“Well done, good servant! You have been faithful in this very small matter; take charge of ten cities.” – Luke 19:17
 
       As the only representative of the Philippines in the Asian federation of extreme sports, I was tasked to organize a technical committee to choose team members for an upcoming championship. I invited some of my friends who were pillars of the sport, but only a few were willing to give their services without monetary compensation.
       That’s why Mike stood out. I told him we wouldn’t get anything from this event aside from the prestige of bringing the team to represent our country. He said he was willing to help without pay. What he said stuck in my mind because I like people who work with passion and not for money.
       So when I was asked to give a recommendation for an international official for the biggest Asian Extreme Sports event in Thailand, I gave Mike’s name. I was confident that he could do the job since I had found him faithful in small matters.
       Mike, the team and I flew to Phuket and represented our country in the tournament. He was even given a five-figure honorarium for his services as an international official and is still being tapped to officiate in local and foreign events. Monty Mendigoria (montymendigoria@yahoo.com)
 
Reflection: When you’re generous in sharing your gifts without expecting anything in return, you leave God to recompense you with His abundance.
 
Lord, let Your goodness flow through me. Make me a channel of blessings for others. Amen.
 
St. Margaret of Scotland, pray for us.



Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Are you growing impatient because you haven’t gotten that big breakthrough you’re praying for? Review your small breakthroughs. They might already be pieces of that big one - Daily Bible Reflections November 2, 2016


All Souls Day
 
GRACE FOR THE
MOMENT
 
Only goodness and kindness will follow me all the days of my life. – Psalm 23:6
 
       Have you ever had a gigantic problem you thought only an equally huge solution could overcome it?
       Before she died, Mama was confined in the Intensive Care Unit — comatose due to a stroke.  On the third day, her hospital bill was a staggering P117,000. I prayed for resources to survive this crisis.
       Around midnight, she needed a procedure to drain the fluids in her brain. But first, we had to pay P15,000 for the fluid container. Papa and I didn’t have that amount with us and I couldn’t get more at that ungodly hour. Then I remembered the P4,000 my aunt and a community brother had given earlier. With that and the cash in our wallets, we raised P8,000. The doctor was kind enough to allow payment of the balance the next day. These droplets of mercy answered our need for the moment.
       That grace made me realize we don’t always have to receive the answer to our prayers in one downpour because God’s goodness flows each day. Sometimes, the solution comes in trickles, but in the end, the drops gathered in our blessings bucket are enough to drown our big problems. Lella M. Santiago (lellams88@gmail.com)
 
Reflection: Are you growing impatient because you haven’t gotten that big breakthrough you’re praying for? Review your small breakthroughs. They might already be pieces of that big one.
 
Father God, help me to trust that Your mercy will be enough for my moments of need.
 
All Souls, pray for us.

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