s u f f e r i n g

Mommy and I watched Ang Babae sa Septic Tank 2 today. Sobrang saya ng araw na ‘to para sa akin. Pero sa amin na lang ni Mommy kung bakit. Hahaha The film is a relevant take on the industry and I’m glad it’s the first one I watched among all the entries. Eugene Domingo’s acting is so natural that it will make you wonder if she’s still acting or if she’s really like that in real life. I don’t know how to review a film without divulging details. I want to share my favorite scenes but in consideration of those who haven’t seen it… I’ll just share a line from the film that struck me the most. (Not in verbatim)

Suffering is part of the story.

And that got me reflecting on how we see suffering as something to be avoided at all costs. Sino nga ba ang gusto mag-suffer? I’ve never known anyone who wanted to suffer. Yet we all do. Suffering is inevitable. Just like what the line said, it’s part of the story. It’s part of our story.

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/səf(ə)riNG/

noun
  1. the state of undergoing pain, distress, or hardship.

Life is hard. Just ask anyone whose homes were ripped apart during Christmas due to Typhoon Nina. Just look at the houses reduced to ashes in a roadfire. Just watch the news. Suffering doesn’t take a break. Not even on holidays. It will always be present.

But, did you know, 2,000 years ago. Someone suffered for you. He endured lashing, beating, and so much pain for you… He died for your sins. So that we may have a chance at eternal life. He showed us how to endure, so that we’ll know that it can be done. If He can overcome death, we can overcome whatever it is we’re suffering from. He endured the suffering for the joy set before Him.

I have told you these things so that in me you may have peace. In the world you have trouble and suffering, but take courage—I have conquered the world.”

(John 16:33, NET Bible)

We can have peace because after every loss, there’s a chance to begin again. “Every cloud has a silver lining,” the idiom goes. Every bitter ending opens us up for better beginnings. There’s a rainbow waiting to happen after every rain.

I can only imagine how hard it is to welcome the new year without a home, without a child or a parent. Let’s all take time to pray for the families affected by the typhoon, roadfire, and every suffering there is here in the Philippines. You can also help by volunteering or donating. To know how, you can check the hashtag #ReliefPH or #TindogBicol on social media platforms.

#NeverUnderestimateThePowerOfPrayer

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