Wednesday, September 10, 2008

A Boy That Encountered God

11:10 AM by Irvin Ryan ·
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Somewhere in Milaor, Camarines Sur, there lived a fourth grader boy
who
would follow this route to school everyday: He has to cross the
rugged
plains and cross the dangerous highway where vehicles are recklessly
driving to and from.

Once past this highway, the boy would take a short cut, passing by
the
Church every morning just to say Hi to God, and faithfully say
his, “Magandang umaga po” in Bicol dialect. He was faithfully being
watched by a Priest who was happy to find innocence so uplifting in
the
morning,

“Kamusta, Andoy? Papasok ka na?”

“Opo padre … “he would flash his innocent grin, the priest would be
touched. He was so concerned that one day he talked to Andoy.

“From school…”, he advised “Do not cross the highway, you can
pass through the Church and I can accompany you to the other side of
the
road…that way I can see that you are home safe….”

“Thank you father … ”

“Why don’t you go home … why do you stay in
this church right after school?”

“I just want to say ‘Hi’ to my friend, God,” and the priest
would leave the boy to spend time beside the altar,
talking to himself, but the priest was hiding behind the altar to
listen
to what this boy has to say to his heavenly FATHER.

“You know my math exam was pretty bad today, but I did not cheat
although
my seatmate is bullying me for notes… I ate one cracker and drank
my
water, Itay had a bad season and all I can eat is this cracker.

Thank you for this! I saw a poor kitten who was hungry and I know
how he
feels so I gave my last cracker to him … funny but I am not that
hungry.
Look, this is my last pair of slippers …I may have to walk
barefoot next
week, you see this is about to be broken… but it is okay….at
least I am
still going to school…. Some say we will have a hard season this
month,
some of my classmates have already stopped going to school ….
please help
them get to school again, please God?

…Oh, you know, Inay hit me again, it is painful, but I know this
pain
will pass away, at least I still have a mother…. God, you want to
see my
bruises? I know you can heal them…. Here… here and ….
oh …blood
…I guess you knew about this one huh? Please don’t be mad at Inay,
she
is
just tired and she worries for the food in our table and my
schooling that
is why she hits us….Oh, I think I am in love … there’s this
pretty girl
in my class, her
name is Anita … do you think she will like me? Anyway, at least I
know
you will always like me, I don’t have to be anybody just to please
you, you
are
my very best friend! Hey your birthday is two days from now!!!
Aren’t you
excited? I am! Wait till you see, I have a gift for you ….. but it
is a
surprise! I hope you will like it! Oooops, I have to go …” then he
stood
up and calls out, “Padre, padre, I am finished talking to my
friend ….
youcan accompany me to the other side of the road now”

This routine happens everyday. Andoy never fails. Father Agaton
shares this
every Sunday to the people in his church because he has not seen a
very
pure faith and trust in God, a very positive look at negative
situations.

One Christmas day, Father Agaton was sick so he could not make it in
the
Church, he was sent to the hospital. The Church was left to 4
manangs who
would chant the rosary in 1000 miles per hour, would not smile and
would
always find fault in what you do, they were also very well versed in
cursing
if you irritate them! They were kneeling, saying their kilometric
rosary
when Andoy, coming from his Christmas party,playfully dashed in.

“Hello God! I ……”

“P—-!! (a curse) bata ka!! Alam mo nang may nagdadasal!! Alis!!”

Poor Andoy was so terrified, “Where’s Father Agaton? He is supposed
to
help me cross the street … and to be able to cross the street I
will
have
to pass by the back door of this church …not only that, I have to
greet
Jesus. It is His birthday, I have a gift right here….
” Just as he was about to get the gift out of his shirt, the manang
pulled
his shirt and threw him out of the church. “Susmaryosep!!! (does the
sign
of the cross fervently) Alis kang bata ka, kung hindi matatamaan
ka!!!

So the boy had no choice but to cross the dangerous side of the road
in
front of the church. He crossed. A fast moving bus came in.

There was a blind curve. The boy was protecting his gift inside his
shirt,
so he was not looking. There was so little time. Andoy died on the
spot. A
lot of people crowded the poor boy, the body of a lifeless young
boy …

Suddenly, out of nowhere a tall man in a pure white shirt and pants,
a
face so mild and gentle, but with eyes full of tears… He came and
carried
the boy in His arms. He was crying. Curious bystanders nudged the
man in
white, and asked,

“Excuse me sir, are you related to this child?

Do you know this child?”

The man in white, His face mourning and in agony, looked up and
answered,

“He was my best friend …. ” was all he said. He took the badly
wrapped gift in the bloody chest of the lifeless boy, and placed it
near
His heart.

He stood up and carried the boy away and they both disappeared in
sight.

The crowd was curious …

On Christmas Eve, Father Agaton learned of the shocking news. He
visited
the house, and wanted to verify about the man in white. He consulted
the
parents of Andoy.

“How did you know that your son died?”

“A man in white brought him here.” sobbed the mother. “What did
he say?”
The father answered, “He did not say anything. He was mourning. We
do not
know him and yet he was very lonely about our son’s death, as if he
knew
our
son very well. But there was something peaceful and unexplainable
about him.
He
gave me my son, and then he smiled peacefully. He brushed my son’s
hair
away from his face and kissed him on his forehead, then he whispered
something…”

“What did he say?”

“He said to my boy…” the father began, “Thank you for the gift
… I will see you soon … you will be with me…” and the father
of the boy continued, “and you know for a while, it felt so

wonderful … I cried, but I do not know why….all I know is I
cried tears of joy …. I could not explain it, Father, but when
that man left, something peaceful came over me, I felt a deep sense

of love inside … I could not explain the joy in my heart, I knew
my boy is in heaven now but…tell me, Father, who is this man that
my son
talks to everyday in your church, you should know because you are
always
there … except at the time of his death ……”Father Agaton
suddenly
felt the tears welling in his eyes, with

trembling knees, he murmurred, ” … He was talking to no one …..
but .. GOD….”



Just a repost, I thought of the title.



4 comments:

Craig said...
September 10, 2008 at 1:23 PM

that was a touching story Ryan,
It is the trials and problems in life that makes us strong,

And with God we can overcome this obstacle in life...

Keep up posting....

best regards.

Sherin - IInternals said...
September 10, 2008 at 9:00 PM

That was a nice story friend. It is showing innocence in its full meaning. Nice to sharing the same and thanks for giving a good read.

Sherin - Investinternals
http://investinternals.blogspot.com

@_raj said...
September 10, 2008 at 11:45 PM

hey man! .. u posted some inspirational stuff here.. sth everyone shud read.

GOD is the medium through which we get closer to our own selfless SELF.

Plsilva said...
September 13, 2008 at 9:11 PM

great story,truly inspirational.nice blog also

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