Still here

Hey, sojourner! (: It’s been months since I last posted anything. Actually, there are lots of updates that are long overdue. For instance, I haven’t written yet about my experience in the National Youth Parliament (was elected as President despite being the only minority candidate! :’) Truly, alhamdullilah!) or in this outreach I did in a minority community down south my country. It’s crazy how the first seven months of 2014 was just filled with so many opportunities to grow and reach out. Sure, it was tiring but… It was also gratifying at the same time. Though I wasn’t able to spend those months pursuing “leisure” activities (ex: learning how to bake, mastering a language etc), I still spent those months developing and engaging in worthwhile endeavors with other young leaders, national organizations and socio-civic groups. I’ve met so many people (from here and abroad), gained new friends, expanded my network and just traveled more. So far, 2014 has been truly blessed (thank you, God!)

Then, August came… Specifically, mid-August, when law school finally started! (: Yup, you read that right! I’m back to full-time studying, sojourner!!! (: Even if school’s challenging and I get lots of sleepless nights, I still am so thankful to be studying here–in the premiere law school in my country. Lots of leaders–both good and bad–have graduated from my college. They were once students too, like me! This institution is just filled with so much history and opportunity. Opportunity to grow and become better as both a scholar and servant-leader. A law degree, for me, is a means to further long-term goals of servant-leadership to a wider scale. I pray that by being a good law student, I may further gain skills and knowledge that’ll enable me to be more critical, ingenuous and skilled in the fields that I would want to pursue in the future. We can do this, right? (: EACH DAY COUNTS!

Aaaaah, sojourner! Let’s DO this! Let’s keep the drive and passion burning. Don’t EVER lose hope.

Keep moving forward! (Okay. Back to work for me. Haha (: PS: I wish all of you reading this are well, really. Peace and blessings!)

Compassion for All

Compassionate is our God.
And blessed are we for His mercy:
Mercy that reaches
everyone and everything.

The Lord listens and knows,
sees and understands,
what to the mortal
is kept hidden and cloaked.

Mortals are quick to judge and condemn
but The Immortal is not.
For He…

He is the Most Patient and Most Wise,
Most Loving and Most Merciful.

Among many other things, the Lord chose to create my heart.
A heart that ultimately, beats out of His will.
He holds my heart, not in captivity, but in love.

By God’s grace, I am connected
–with stars shining above me
–with the grass beneath my feet
–with the birds chirping in the morning
–and with the people living around me.

Truly, all are blessed and dignified by His grace.

GOD,
from the bottom of my heart,
thank you.

Thank you for loving me
and
for never leaving me.

I am imperfect and flawed
yet God,
You never abandon me.

So please.
Please never let me go.

As cheesy as this may sound,
I will hold unto to You.
I will because I love You.

I love it when I find harmony in both the Bible and Qur’an. The passage above is taken from Isaiah 46:4. It evokes one of God’s 99 Names in Islam which is: “The Sustainer” — الرزاق (pronounced as: “Ar Razzaq”)

Why, dear God, are You so generous and kind? I yearn for Your comfort and rescue.

 

(Note: Theoretically speaking, Jews, Christians and Muslims all worship the same God–i.e., the God whom Abraham submitted to. The Qur’an is considered as the “last Revelation”–authentic and free from corruption–in a series of revelations that has been sent before through earlier prophets.)