I had every reason not to attend this year’s graduation. We already finished our thesis last October, finally had our manuscript bound, finished our clearance and I already had my diploma, TOR and other important documents with me a month or two ago. I could have applied already, could have gone to Manila to pursue my dreams of becoming an IT professional, but I decided to lie low in applying and patiently waited for March 31 although I had every reason not to.
All of those reasons were overpowered with my desire to come up the stage not only for myself but for my parents. It was my way of giving back. It was my way of letting my parents reap what they have sown with blood, sweat and tears, in striving hard to help me get through college. It wasn’t all me, it was all for them.
Last week, I watched a movie entitled Letters to God. It’s about a 10-year old boy named Tyler Doherty who has cancer and an admirable faith. Everyday, he wrote letters to God, put it in an envelope and sealed it with a stamp. He gave each letter to their street’s mailman to actually “bring it to God”. A lot of lives were changed because of what he did. Not only were their encouraged to write letters to God, but their faith was strengthened and they realized the importance of both God and prayer in their lives. (If you want to watch the movie, click here [x])
Why should I thank God? I thank God for creation. For the wonderful moon, the beautiful stars, the vibrant sun. I thank God for the night sky, and the daylight. I thank God for the breathtaking views of both ocean and landforms, and even the magnificent sky, with the clouds as embellishments. I thank God for the birds that fly high up in the sky. I thank God for the fish that swim in the sea, the coral reefs that serve us home to these fish. I thank God for the sweet smell of flowers which beautify the lands, for the plants that bear fruit and the trees that give us shade. I thank God for every small or grand thing in nature. I thank God for Creation.