Gaze-Raiser has Foundations

 PeterNov1113 We Canucks were given a lull of sorts in the opening weeks of the baby year on a couple of Canadian politics-related issues.

First, we only had the odd flutter about Toronto Mayor Rob Ford’s alleged misdemeanors from the media’s eagle eye.

Second, we were also spared yet more scandal-gate “damning evidence” coming out alleging certain Canadian Senate members’ wrongful expense account claims and the intrigue of a suspected PMO cover-up. Hmm, that is likely to change now that the Parliamentary houses are getting back into session.

Anyhow, after the grinding months of coverage those two matters garnered, I don’t suppose many of us even raise as much as an eyebrow when yet another tidbit about them hits the newscasts, which is almost certain to happen.

That said, recent events enormously impacting lives occurred in our country, through fiery disasters and accidents, resulting in injury and tragic loss of life. Also, continuing hostilities exacerbate and prolong severe privation and suffering elsewhere in the world.

Such situations come so thick and fast it’s excusable that many of those matters pass over the heads of even caring people; there’s just too much happening for most anyone to grasp and process and respond in any meaningful way, except a select few matters.

We face that difficulty, not only in the perplexing and tragic but in the positive and touching. And so my gaze-raiser today harks back to a gem of poignancy from an older but major tragedy—the Typhoon Haiyan that struck the Philippines on November 8, 2013—the deadliest one to strike that country on record.


Romelyn Sanao, above (picture source, CBC, accessed Dec. 5/13) a Philippine caregiver working in the GTA, was safe here, far removed from the devastation at home.  Although she’d been working in Canada for quite some time her heart was back in the Philippines, particularly with her family and parents.

She had faithfully sent money home to help her parents, and in time sufficient was accrued to build them a modest concrete house. Typhoon Haiyan struck with tremendous fury but that little home withstood the onslaught.

What a gift! Romelyn, instead of hoarding her Canadian-earned dollars or squandering them on herself, provided support for her family and the mother who gave birth to her and cared for her and her family.

This daughter had evidently not bought into the entitlement mindset so prevalent in Western society and culture today. I suspect that she lived an ‘others-centred’ life, and that her parents built into her a strong foundation for living and giving, and an appreciation for family.

I thank God for parents and mentors like them, who invest their lives into cultivating caring qualities and character in their children. The results are demonstrated in people like Romelyn, and the fruit is seen in ventures that have value and lasting worth.

What if . . . ? The story would have been different if her parents had thrown the modest financial bonanza sent from Canada into acquiring trinkets and titillating toys, instead of a substantial dwelling?

They laid good foundations in their daughter, and out of their labour and hers together came their home that withstood the storm.

Reflective thought: The little concrete house that withstood the onslaught of possibly the most powerful typhoon on record reminds us of the need to build our lives and our families and society on a sure foundation, and to build them with materials of enduring quality – of sound character and authentic faith.

Jesus says that a person who hears His words and puts them into practice is “. . . like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid a foundation on the rock; and when a flood occurred, the torrent burst against that house and could not shake it, because it had been well built” (Luke 6:48 NASB).

Apostle Paul wrote that  we are labourers, working together with God. (See 1 Corinthians 3:9).


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About raiseyourgaze

Freelance writer and columnist writing on inspirational themes from a Christian worldview. His latest book, "Raise Your Gaze . . . Mindful Musings of a Grateful Heart" was published in August 2014 by Angel Hope Publishing. It is a collection of 52 of Black's community newspaper articles, sprinkled with brief inspirational statements called Words to Bless. His children's / family book, "Parables from the Pond," is described as mildly educational, inspirationally oriented and character reinforcing. It has been used in a variety of contexts, with a readership from elementary school age children to senior citizens. Occasionally writes inspirational songs. ~Professional Member of The Word Guild (TWG). ~Contributor to The Word Guild authors BlogSpot: ~~+~~
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