by Maria Eleofe Magtahas (36th Batch)
I am really blessed with understanding, caring, and loving friends. They would often invite me to celebrate birthdays and other special occasions with them. They share their various activities with me like apple picking, for instance. They even helped me avail of the free Hangeul (Korean language) lessons in the multicultural center here in our place.
I attend Hangeul class twice a week. Oftentimes, my friends would treat me to lunch after class. It is during this time that I would have the chance to talk with them. They share their different life experiences, especially about their respective marriages. And I share my own stories, too.
One time after class, I was invited for lunch with my two friends. While we were preparing the food, one of them said that she had a nightmare. I asked her if she had prayed before she went to sleep. She said, “Yes, I prayed.”
Then I asked her how she prayed.
My friend was a devout Roman Catholic. She just memorize her prayer. I told her that praying to God is not merely memorizing words. We must pray with sincerity of the heart. And I also told them the right way to pray as what Jesus had taught his disciples in Matthew 6:5-15. I told them that whenever we pray we must always recognize the power of God, ask His forgiveness, and tell Him everything that we want Him to know.
The next time we were together for lunch, one of my friends suggested, “Let’s pray first.”
I was so happy to hear it. My friend remembered to seek God’s presence and she did it in the right way.
Matthew 5:16 tells us “to let our light so shine before men.” And these men are just around us. They might be our students, our students’ parents, our friends, or even our new found friends who do not know the truth about God yet.
Jesus also said, “While I am in the world, I am the light of the world” (John 9:5). As Christians, we bear this light.
Chosen light bearers of Jesus Christ must make use of every single minute by letting their light shine. In this sinful world, we must keep our lamps burning and walk in the light. By this, we could guide those who are still living in the darkness into the path of that glorious heavenly light.