The activity started with a simple yet fun game of truth or dare that we enjoyed as friends would do in youthful days. Then we had a simple salu-salo for dinner while in our dynamics each one of us answered the questions, “What is your ideal man? Have you found him?” From physical attributes (hair, eye color, height, etc.) to desirable traits (loving, good, caring, etc.), whether we had similarities or differences in our answers, one thing is for sure, we are all searching for true love and happiness that we think is best and ideal for us.
After all the laughter and fun that had resulted from the game and dynamics, we entered into the chapel to prepare ourselves to spend time to listen to the preaching of Flor. In her talk, I realized that in life, even in the most fulfilled ones, we are always searching for attraction, appreciation and love. We are made out of love and we are made for love. We can be conditional in matters of giving and loving and accepting love. We can even be afraid of it and of losing it but one thing is for sure, the love of Jesus is a selfless and unconditional love and we will never run out of love from Him. Only His unending love can satisfy the deepest longing within us. Quoting St. Augustine, “My soul is restless until it rests in You”, we are all entitled to the life-giving water that Jesus gives to those who long to quench the thirst like the Samaritan woman in Jn. 4:5-41. He is the only one who knows us inside and out and still loves us despite all these. Finding our peace in Him will we then be happy and proud to say that we have found Love Himself.
Spending moments of silence we had a date with the Lord in prayer and then we lighted candles formed on the floor like a heart as a symbol of our gratitude and offering of our love to the Lord. On the poster in front was the passage of Song of Songs 4:7 “How beautiful you are my love”. Ironically, we were tired, haggard-looking and physically stressed but still quite beautiful we are indeed in the eyes of God.
The day ended with a sharing of the fruits of our prayer and picking up a heart from Jesus as His message for us. One of us picked up the passage of Song of Songs 1:10 “your hair is beautiful upon your cheeks…” and all of us were laughing once again because what a compliment from the Lord as we looked at our some nicely combed and some not so nicely combed. Haha! J As we ended the night of prayer, Sis. Lorna remarked, “Remember that Jesus is always the first and last love and the rest are in the middle.” To spend time with Jesus can really help us have a wonderful Valentine’s celebration even in our ordinary daily lives and in our relationships, whether it is with our family, friends, special persons, etc. Love is truly beautiful.
See some of the photos of the event below:
(Photos by Mylene Capuras)
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