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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

In My Own Eyes - A HOLY WEEK Reflection

"You give me hope in spite of everything;
You give me love even with so much pain”

These are the very lines from the song sang by the character of Ben (Tyler’s older brother) in the movie “Letters To God” that struck me the most. How profound isn’t it?

Earlier, we had our mini-recollection as our response in observing the holy week season here. Our location only permits a discreet observance. I’m still so thankful for the miniscule opportunity to express our faith.

On the other end, we don’t focus on the fear but we focus on how fear can magnify our courage to serve more and to glorify our one great God despite restrictions. And I personally believe that God protects us with his unbreakable shield. But of course, we are well-aware where we stand – our high respect to the culture and religious tradition remains our top priority.

Now, let’s go back to the movie. It’s so awesomely moving and inspiring that I quickly had the need to sit down and have a short review of it after the recollection. I’m not sure if I can collect all my thoughts as I have a short span memory but I’ll try to use it anyway and I’ll let God direct my mind for ideas to flow unstoppably and without interruptions.

LETTERS TO GOD – is all about a young boy fighting cancer who daily writes letters to God, touching lives in his neighborhood and community and inspiring hope among everyone he comes in contact. An unsuspecting substitute postman, with a troubled life of his own, becomes entangled in the boy’s journey and his family by reading the letters. They inspire him to seek a better life for himself and his own son he’d lost through his alcohol addiction.

Mr. Brady and Tyler
The story of what happens when one boy’s walk of faith crosses paths with one man’s search for meaning – the resulting transformational journey touches the lives of everyone around them. Tyler is an extraordinary eight-year old boy. Surrounded by a loving family and community, and armed with the courage of his faith, he faces his daily battle against cancer with bravery and grace.

Ben, Samantha and Tyler
To Tyler, God is a friend, a teacher, and the ultimate pen pal. Tyler’s prayers take the form of letters, which he composes and mails on a daily basis. The letters find their way into the hands of Brady – a beleaguered substitute postman standing at a crossroads in his life. At first he is confused and conflicted over what to do with the letters. But the decision he ultimately made becomes a testament to the quiet power of one boy’s shining spirit and unshakable faith.

Normally, I really don’t show people when I cry. I still carry part of this weird pinoy- culture (or world culture, I guess) wherein a guy is being misconstrued as a weakling or chicken-heart if they literally cry. But earlier is an exception. Though I didn’t cry a river I still come in unison with all the people surrounding me crying. I have cried deep inside my heart, which is why I was short of tears to fall down my cheeks.

Here below is the full length movie of LETTERS TO GOD:

Most of the times, when we meet problems whether big or small at crossroads, our initial reaction is to feel sad, to think of unimaginable thoughts, and mostly our ideas are surrounded with negativity. Our tendency is to lure to it – crying overnight, can’t even eat and sleep. But, It is very wrong. It’s tantamount to underestimating the graces of God in us. It denotes mistrust to HIM. It is a big insult to our God if we acted on our resolve without even consulting Him, without even thinking what He can do with it. And I must say that,  it is our natural human reaction if God isn’t present in our lives.

Today’s recollection is another reminder for us to continue hoping despite problems, to move ahead with smile even when unknown and present danger lures around. By doing so, we are proving to God that we completely trust Him.

As said- peace is not the absence of war but the ability to cope with it. It is the presence of creative alternatives for responding to conflict. It is a state of mind and a disposition for benevolence.

And today’s holy week reflection also reminded us of how our Savior accepted all the pains- even the pain to death on the cross just for us to be saved from eternal damnation. He was so selfless and obedient by boldly taking the cross for our sins.

May we remember him not only this Lenten Season but in everyday of our lives. Life is too short to be in misery. Life is too short to regret not saying THANK YOU, I FORGIVE YOU and I LOVE YOU. With these words we are reflecting outwardly and inwardly God’s love for us.

Everyday is a gift and each day is a gift to inspire.

NOTE: All photos are taken from the net and the rightful owner has the right to claim it.

P.S. - I have watched again the film and instead of creating another entry, I just reposted this one from last year.


  1. feeling ko maiiyak ako pag pinanood ko yung movie. hehehe...

    Tama ka daddy Jay , napakaraming nang nagawa ang LORD sa buhay natin para hindi pa SIYA pagtiwalaan.

    Who are we to doubt HIM?

    Have a blessed holy week :)

  2. di ko pa napapanuod to! susugest kosa family koo to ang panuorin namen mukang maganda talaga ee
    share ko lang tong quote na to na paulit ulit kong binabasa

    Be assured beyond all doubting
    In the trial you’re passing through,
    That the Lord’s great love and mercy
    Is at work for good in you. — Anon.


  3. Hindi nagsasawa si Lord na patawarin tayo sa ating mga pagkakasala sa kanya. Kaya nararapat lang din na huwag tayong magsawa na humingi ng kapatawaran mula sa Kanya.

    Have a blessed Maundy Thursday Daddy Jay :))

  4. Can't wait to watch the movie. Gusto ko yung mga ganyang film. Positive. A blessed holy week dad :)

  5. I might as well download this movie.

    Your first commentator, bagotilyo, is good in writing letters to God too. Kaya mukang maiiyak nga talaga sya jan! :)

    Thanks for sharing dad! :) Have a blessed week!

  6. Bout to watch it on my break..thank you for sharing Mr. J

  7. Akala ko Dad it was a trailer .. Movie pala talaga.. Sayang.

    Anyways, good thing that you were able to still practice holy week in abroad. Nalulungkot ako na I won't be able to do my Visita Iglesia this year. MAy work kasi.. :(

    Dami ng special day ang kinukuha sakin ng work na to.. nakakaasar na..Anyways, HAVE A HAPPY EASTER DAD

  8. panoorin ko yan mamaya... mukhang maganda...

    Godbless po!


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