Last week the nation mourn on the death of an icon of democracy in the Philippines. She was buried beside her husband Ninoy who was gunned down at a tarmac in the then Manila International Airport; now Ninoy International Airport.
Ninoy along with other prominent political figures in the country were incarcerated in military camps because of their political views and anti-martial law stance.
At the death of Ninoy his wife Cory continued his crusade against martial law dictatorship until Marcos was ousted in power by a People Power revolution. Cory run for president in a snap election against Marcos, and won. The 8-hour funeral March to the Manila Memorial Park was followed and witnessed by hundred of thousands of supporters and admirers on the street. The spirit of People Power was again re-ignited. That’s how Cory and Ninoy are revered by the Filipinos.
Cory had always been the strength of the family. She’s brave and never showed herself cry in front of her children. She too became the source of strength and inspirations of the Filipinos. But while death (due to colon cancer) was about to come, she too cried according to her daughter Kris. She cried not because of physical pains, but because of the thought she’s now here anymore to comfort her children the Filipino people.
Not only President Cory’s family felt the pains of losing her but the entire nation as well. Of course even in our own personal life, losing someone special to us is painful. Even broken relationship (particularly marriage) could bring about pains of separation. As children we were admonished by our elders to love and extend our care to our parents because when they’re gone we might regret why we haven’t done so when there’s still chance for us to do. In the same manner we extend our care and affection to special people we love. Husbands and wives should make themselves feel they’re special and well loved.
Most people who have broken up relationship with people they love have cried in pains. They cry because they tell within their heart that their world does no longer exist as their love one is gone. Of course that’s not true, one door closed others will open up for you. When we look at separation as a process of getting access to another opportunity instead of doom, then we can minimize the pains and sorrows in our hearts to see another hope or life.
Jesus Himself has given us this assurance:
“Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also. And where I go you know, and the way you know.” (John 14: 1-4)
MAY LABAN KA PA SA BUHAY KAPATID (There’s still hope for us).