The Canvas of Society by Joey Velasco in is just within our realms — a painter’s transformative journey through the children’s afflictions, desires, and deliverance from their circumstance that can reach across generations and cultures.
The likes of Nene, Itok, Imong, Onse, Buknoy, Michael, Joyce, Tinay, Dudoy, Jun at Roselle & Sudan — 12 characters whose cries no one hears, whose scars are already in their being, whose eyes pierce through, whose minds are innocent yet vulnerable to get tempted by the needs unmet, whose character is subject to ridicule … have you ever asked yourself what you can do for them?
“baka may magawa ka pa!”
The likes of them who have the ardent hope that “They have Jesus” — could be there just within the four corners of the classroom. How could you give life to them? How could you reach out to that one soul who still wants to be complete despite being shattered? — that every single soul, longing for one who could listen and understand, who could give guidance and counsel?
What is your commitment then — to them, who are expecting to be noticed while you actually gaze at them in those corners of your eyes?
How could you help calm the storms that others have been through? What could you do to help others’ life not to be wasted?
How much of yourself could you offer to address the needs of those eyes who need not speak?
How much of your time could you share to embrace the situation of those hearts which cannot feel that they are worthy of another’s love and attention?
I know you could be one’s source of hope. This may be the time that while you are challenged to scrutinize your students’ stories to be of significant help, you may as well WORK ON YOUR OWN STORY! For at the bottom of the line, you can never really share what you don’t have.
Let your story be that one which brings inspiration to other’s hopelessness. What you have at hand might just be those five loaves and two fishes — too little as it may seem, but as long as you give God your “Amen”, no amount of yourself will ever be too small. #sunset