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Last Friday was my 30th birthday. There were a lot of firsts last Friday.
Since I only/already turned 30, it was my first birthday in the line of 3. Hehe.
It was also the first time that I was greeted by approximately 198 people thru Facebook, SMS, or in person. That’s a blessing 🙂
It was the first time that my mom was not around on my birthday as she’s already in heaven. It’s particularly strange and anti-climactic to be celebrating a special day without the presence of a loved one. Even my eldest sister verbalized that over family dinner last Friday. I realized it wasn’t just me. The entire family was feeling the void of my mother’s absence.
For the first time ever since I started celebrating birthdays (a Filipino tradition), last Friday was particularly striking because emotions were mixed and admittedly, I felt that there was a lot of ambiguity in the air. I felt happy and sad at the same time. There was hope and uncertainty as well. I felt that I was living life on the fast lane but at the same time needed some sort of recharge. I thank God for this facility in Antipolo City where I could just spend some quiet time, which I got to do the whole day yesterday.
The Lord gave me a very special message this morning. On my way to work just this morning, and while playing with the dogs, I was able to gaze at my mom’s flowers just opposite the living room window. My mom loved flowers and gardening while she was still alive. And when she entered eternity, I thought that it would also just be a matter of time before her plants started withering one by one, as neither my father nor any of my mom’s children were into gardening. We could only water the plants and there’d be many days when none of us would remember watering them.
But this morning, I noticed that the plants had again flowered-and that most of them were in full bloom. My mother would always deliberately make me notice that when she was still on Earth, and she’d be very proud and happy. How she loved her plants when they started to flower.
It is different now that the plants had started to flower again. Nevertheless, the Lord did not make me dwell anymore on my mom’s absence. See, this morning He gave me a very special message.
The Lord likened the flowers to me and to our family.
“My son, look at the flowers now. They are still very much alive and beautiful even though your mother’s no longer around to attend to them. No downpour is so heavy that it could easily wash away the flowers’ beauty. No sunlight is too strong to quench and steal the life away from these plants. Because I created them, I also cultivate them. Because I created them, I also nurture them and take care of them—because I love them.
“My son, you thought the flowers bloomed in the past only because your mom was busy taking care of them. You thought that the plants only managed to show signs of life because they depended on your mother’s care and nurturing. BUT the truth is, the plants only flowered because THEY DEPENDED ON ME. I am the One who gives them life. I am the One who makes them flower. Your mom was just an extension of the love, care, and nurturing that ultimately comes from ME.”
“And not anyone’s absence or presence can stop me from pouring out my love. Will it be too much if I let you start this week and your 30th year by reminding you of how much I love you?”
–Thank you, God Immanuel.

Hi Everyone!

The reason why I’m posting is to share a song I heard over the net just a week ago. I can’t get it out of my system because I was so blessed by the song. Maybe some of you would be interested to hear it as well. The song is from a contemporary gospel band called Tenth Avenue North. The title is Beyond Words. I like the song so much because it talks about the love of God for each one of us in profoundly human terms. From the time that I became a Christian when I was 14 years old and into my backsliding college days and into my turbulent early twenties, up until late 2006 when the Lord wretched me from a life of senselessness and self destruction, I still cannot comprehend until now the magnitude of His love for us. I remembered one preaching from a female pastor where she mentioned that God is a God of a thousand kisses.I couldn’t agree more. Going back to the song, it is just so amazing how the Lord, in His holiness and greatness, can pour out so much love for us. He is the God of all but is also a very personal God at the same time. He is not only a God when we are gathered together and singing songs of praise and worship, but He is also God when we struggle with everyday issues about work, family,and even relationships. He is Lord not only when we work for the ministry and His church, but He is also the Lord who is our Potter – molding our character into one that truly pleases Him.He is not only King of Kings and Lord of Lords. He is also Immanuel who deals with us when we fall astray. When I was listening to the song for the first few times, I really cold not help but cry. How can such a great God love me so stubbornly? What does He see in me that He loves me with a love that I can never repay- not even in my wildest dreams?

I can only be thankful. Let me share with you the lyrics and the link (Imeem) where you can listen to the song in full. God bless and everyone!

Beyond Words by Tenth Avenue North

Well if you only knew the pain that I’ve been through

Since when did it become all about you

As you can see right from the start I’ve said the truth

But if the truth means nothing to you then what am I supposed to do?

But I’ll still love you beyond what words can say

I’ll take your every suffering moment and bring a better day

And I’ll still love you more than what I hope to be

Let me wrap my arms around you Let me take your breath away

And every time I ask you assure you’re doing fine But your heart looks good by smiling, you couldnt fool mine

And by the end of the night your pillow seeps to dry

In a crowded room you’re singing

But on the inside, you sigh

But I’ll still love you beyond what words can say

I’ll take your every suffering moment and bring a better day

I’ll still love you more then what I hope to be

Let me wrap my arms around you

Let me take your breath away

In a ball a pair is dancing

In a forest there are trees

In a child there is a hope that keeps him in belief

With any star there is a sky

With any beach there is a sea

With any love song there’s a lover

but in your heart i hope its….(me)

And I’ll still love you beyond what words can say

I’ll take your every suffering moment and bring a better day

I’ll still love you more then what I hope to be

Let me wrap my arms around you

Let me wrap my arms around you

Let me wrap my arms around you

Let me take your breath away

Listen to the full song by clicking the link below: http://www.imeem.com/atcorporate/music/S1duVQ-K/10th_avenue_north_beyond_words/