People say, “Cotabato is a very dangerous place to go.” I reply, “Don’t worry, be happy.” As the scripture runs in my head, “If God is for us, who can be against us?” (Rom 8:31b) I hear God say, “Not a hair on your head will be destroyed. By your perseverance you will secure your lives.” (Lk 21:18-19).
People ask, “How are you traveling there locally. Where will you stay?” I smile, “Don’t worry, be happy.” The God’s Word reminds me, “His faithfulness is a protecting shield. You shall not fear the terror of the night nor the arrow that flies by day. No evil shall befall you, no affliction come near your tent. For God commands his angels...to guard you wherever you go.” (P 91:4-5, 10-11)
People doubt, “You may not have enough volunteers this time.” I reassure, “Don’t worry, be happy.” To date, there are over 100 volunteers who have signed-up. Who can ever doubt God’s divine providence? “I am confident of this, that the one who began, a good work in you will continue to complete it until the day of Christ Jesus.” (Phil 1:6)
Grant us O, Lord we pray the constant gladness to serve You for Your yoke is easy and Your burden is light. Amen.