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The Language of Silence

Lessons Learned from My Sickness Part 28: The Language of Silence

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It is customary for people to make or create a noise when emphasizing something. New business or products are introduced by loud public announcements, accompanied with drum beats, full volume music, street parades, caravans, fireworks, etc.

It seems that people are convinced of the products’ effectivity by the loudness of its propaganda or advertisement. The louder the noise, the popular the business.

Silence is perceived as a weakness or a show of insignificance. But is it?

My sickness has introduced me to the world of silence – by force.

In other words, I was forced to be silent, otherwise I will suffer a state of incessant coughing if I continue talking.

It took me quite a while to adjust to this condition.

You see, as a Pastor, my job was to speak, and not just speak, but to speak loudly. I was not used to just sit in a corner and be silent.

But my sickness made me discover the virtue of silence. I discovered that it’s also a means which I can still communicate with others.

I discovered that I can listen more while others are talking, and I can fully internalized what they felt. I discovered that I’m more sensitive to the feelings of others.

Not only that. I also discovered that I have plenty of time to think more deeply, analyze things more broadly, and in so doing, learn quite a lot of things more frequently.

I have more time for personal devotions and to read the scriptures. I have plenty of opportunities to pray for many people in my prayers of intercessions. I have more time to reflect and write my reflections.

What I missed doing when my faculty of speech was still intact I learned to value and maximize in my world of silence.

Posted on FB: 20 March 2015 – 4:39 PM

Jaro Evangelical Church

About the Author

Rev. Ronny Luces is the Minister for Administration and Community Service of Jaro Evangelical Church (JEC), Iloilo City, Philipines. He and wife, Martha have been with JEC’s ministry since 1994.

Pastor Ronny graduated from Central Philippine University College of Theology in 1985 and was pastor of several Baptist churches.

In January 2015, after tests and two long hospital confinements, Pastor Ronny got the word he has lung cancer. He is undergoing chemotherapy.

Praying for healing and going through all the medical processes, Pastor Ronny writes his reflections “Lessons Learned from My Sickness”.

May Pastor Ronny’s series of reflections and meditations strengthen your hope and faith as you go through your own life’s battles. Please pray for Pastor Ronny’s healing.

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“What Do You Want to Eat? I’ll Cook It for You”

Lessons Learned from My Sickness Part 16: “What Do You Want to Eat? I’ll Cook It for You”

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I am glad that this generous practice of food serving is being revived in the life of people in the church.

One good memory I have of childhood in my coastal neighborhood is the picture of people gladly exchanging plates of food.

A neighbor knocking on your door and offering you his freshly cooked ‘ginat-an nga dagmay‘ (taro in coconut milk) was a daily occurrence.

To show him your gratitude, you also put ‘apan-apan‘ (water spinach) in his plate with 3 pieces of ‘bukayo‘ (coconut candy) for his children.

Alas, this healthy exchange of goodwill and foodstuff gradually faded, which the younger generation no longer witnessed.

I am glad that this generous practice of food serving is being revived in the life of people in the church.

During potluck dinners, fellowship gatherings, thanksgiving services, family celebrations, people bringing foodstuff to be shared and enjoyed is a sight to behold.

I believe that this practice is not only a cultural expression to proclaim to all and sundry our Bayanihan identity, but it is to me a manifestation of the nature of our Christian faith and spiritual identity.

In the scriptures, Christ always shared food with the people. He even commanded his disciples who were facing 5000 people, “You give them something to eat” (Luke 9:13).

My long hospital confinement was not all filled with difficult or heavy experiences like pain, boredom, anxiety, stress, but also memorable experiences of joy, sharing and fellowship.

These joyful experiences were usually ushered in by phone calls I frequently receive, “Pastor, what do you want to eat? I’ll cook it for you”.

Posted on FB: 9 March 2015 – 12:44 PM

Jaro Evangelical Church

About the Author

Rev. Ronny Luces is the Minister for Administration and Community Service of Jaro Evangelical Church (JEC), Iloilo City, Philipines. He and wife, Martha have been with JEC’s ministry since 1994.

Pastor Ronny graduated from Central Philippine University College of Theology in 1985 and was pastor of several Baptist churches.

In January 2015, after tests and two long hospital confinements, Pastor Ronny got the word he has lung cancer. He is undergoing chemotherapy.

Praying for healing and going through all the medical processes, Pastor Ronny writes his reflections “Lessons Learned from My Sickness”.

May Pastor Ronny’s series of reflections and meditations strengthen your hope and faith as you go through your own life’s battles. Please pray for Pastor Ronny’s healing.

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