Have I Seen An Angel?

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[This photo I took from the internet is of Savina Dawood, an Assyrian.  Her face  looked similar to the one I met  in Baghdad]

In 1988 I was in Iraq when my father died!

One afternoon of July that year , after my siesta I saw a brown butterfly inside my room in Nassiriya Saipem Base. I wondered why!

Later I  would receive the news that my father had passed away.

The main Office of Saipem in Baghdad asked me to come and I immediately did.

There, I was told that the Philippine Embassy has conveyed the message of my father’s death.( My brother-in-law , the late Romy Millan has sought the help of the Consulate  because at that time communication was not that easy. Cellphones did not yet exist!)

I wanted to get home but thinking that no one at that time would cover my duties I decided to stay.

Meanwhile, I passed by the lobby of a hotel coffee shop to buy me some sandwich.

A strange thing happened that I would never forget!

A young beautiful girl in the queue talked to me. She asked if I were a Philippine. I said yes  and responded with a question.

” How did you  know ?

You look like one, she said.

But what about you?, I returned.

I am an Assyrian!

After that very short conversation I left but could hardly forget her pretty face.

 

For a few days she had occupied my mind. I had forgotten my father had just passed away.

 

Years later I would realize that Assyrians are natives of an old known civilization in the northern part of Iraq. To note, even our father Abraham was an Assyrian too! Interestingly they speak Aramaic, the same language our Lord Jesus used.

 

So was that girl I saw in that July of 1988 in Baghdad, Iraq an ordinary person or was she an Angel?

 

Whoever she was or whatever it was, what I could be happy about was that I felt so blessed to have seen Iraq and witnessed an ancient culture having met in real life an Assyrian!

Mt Sinai revisited

God called Moses up Mount Sinai and gave him the Ten Commandments.

Most probably today, the tablet would be a “touch screen” and any one of the commandments may be easily searched by Google!!!(ha ha ha)

Anyway, God by His grace had blessed my wife Melba to see by  herself , reached the summit of Mt Sinai and came down obviously  happy and fulfilled…The trip to the Holy land was indeed a gift!

Today, perhaps, she may  want to say- ” It’s okay if one could not get there! There is a burning bush too right in one’s  backyard!

And the Ten Commandments? They are all written in everyone’s heart. We carry them everyday . So we sum up the Commands -Walk with  Lord at all times and relate  with the people around us.Life is for loving isn’t it?

Luke 10:27

“He answering, said: Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with thy whole heart, and with thy whole soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind: and thy neighbour as thyself.”

Deuteronomy 6:4-9

 Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one.[a] Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.”