Thank God, it’s ELECTION DAY!!!
I started writing this post at exactly 7:11 AM, while standing in line at my polling precinct. The sky is clear and the air relatively cool. It’ll be a good day.
I know, I know it’s also bound to be an action-packed, controversy-filled, possibly tumultuous day for many Pinoys. Still, this day is a day to be thankful indeed, as it is foremost a testament to the democracy that most of us take for granted. Today, the ballot is our one equalizer.
This morning over breakfast, we prayed for peace. Over here where I’m comfortably exercising my right–inside a covered basketball court located in a quiet middle class subdivision at the outskirts of Metro Manila–it’s hard to imagine the chaos that threatens to erupt in various areas across the nation. I know it’s real, though. Lives are at risk. Those at the margins are the most likely casualties. Violence can take place even beyond today. And so we pray, acknowledging that only God can intervene, and that He is sovereign.
I’m half excited, half anxious, over the results of this election. If I’m to be realistic I must recognize that the viciousness we’ve all witnessed in the last months–from candidates, from our countrymen, and even from some of our own friends–may not end today. No matter who wins the presidency, he or she will be a minority victor whom maybe 70 percent of voters will be determined to oppose.
Bleak possible scenarios notwithstanding, I remain hopeful as I am reminded of the command to “BE STILL, AND KNOW THAT I AM GOD” (Psalm 46:10). Whatever the future brings, I can rest in the sovereignty and faithfulness of our strong Deliverer, our Prince of Peace. At the same time, acknowledging God means choosing to honor and glorify Him, no matter what happens, by deciding every single day to be a good citizen: respecting and praying for the authorities He has placed and will place over me, living out discipline and accountability in all my affairs, obeying the law, paying my taxes, promoting the dignity of my fellowmen, fostering unity and understanding, becoming an instrument of His love and peace.
Time check: 8:39 AM. I’m around 20th in line now. So far it’s been an uneventful hour and a half here, and most of the people seem to be in good spirits. I’m unable to check my Facebook and can only wonder how the rest of the country is doing.
I’m anticipating with bated breath what the future holds for my nation. May posibilidad na malungkot, mabagabag o manlumo ako sa mga susunod nating kabanata, pero walang iwanan, walang bitiwan, magustuhan ko man o hindi ang resulta. Katulad nung nakaraang mga buwan na nagmumurahan at nag-a-unfriend-an ang mga kababayan ko, sige lang, tuluy-tuloy lang ang pagdarasal para sa kinabukasan nating lahat. Sabi nga lagi ng isang kaibigan ko, “Ang hirap mong mahalin, Pilipinas!” Pero mahal na mahal talaga kita e. At pramis, anuman ang mangyari, mamahalin pa rin kita.
Time check: 9:58 AM. Done voting.
Lezgow, Bayan ko!
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Have a blessed week!