How do you guys deal with all this news?

Every time I read about an earthquake or a plane crash or a tsunami, I don’t think of aggregate numbers but individuals. I can’t think in terms of “700 people died” but I can only see “1 x 700 people died”.

And I’m like, “Why”?

It could have been me.

Much worse.

It could have been any one of many that I love. And I won’t name them here coz some of them will be “pantang”.

But it boils down to that.

It really could have been my best friend, wife, sister, nephew, niece, uncle, dad, godmother, godfather, dad…

And I’m praying and I’m asking “what am I to do”?

Then, I stop and think what I am praying.

Then I realize I’m almost scared to ask.

I’m even more scared to what the answer might be.

But you see, that’s me thinking about me and not about them.

When I ask that question, that’s when Matthew 5:16 (NASB) stops becoming a lovely theoretical verse to becoming a very real and scary verse:

“Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.”