O my sweet loving Father in heaven…! Your words today through the Prophet Isaiah made me sing one of my favorite love songs by Billy Joel, “Leave a Tender Moment Alone”:
Even though I’m in love
Sometimes I get so afraid
I’ll say something so wrong
Just to have something to say
I know the moment isn’t right
To tell the girl a comical line
To keep the conversation light
I guess I’m just frightened out of my mind
But if that’s how I feel
Then it’s the best feeling I’ve even known
It’s undeniably real
Leave a tender moment alone
Of course, O sweet Lord my God! I did get it: you are trying to be extra sweet even so charming when you said “Fear not, I will help you. Fear not, O worm Jacob, O maggot Israel; I will help you, says the Lord; your redeemer is the Holy One of Israel” (Is.41:14). Yes, I get it when you called me a worm and a maggot, I do not feel insulted. You have actually tickled my bones, loving Father as you try to make some“lambing” as we say in Bulacan for you are oozing with so much TLC (tender loving care) for me. Like Billy Joel, you seem to say something so wrong just to have something to say because you love so much. And most of all, because you are asking me for some tender moment alone.
How true then are the words of your Son Jesus Christ that “among those born of women there has been none greater than John the Baptist; yet the least in the Kingdom of heaven is greater than he” (Mt.11:11) for we have seen you, and heard you loving Father in Him. Above all, for we have been redeemed in Him!
Let me experience your intense presence by letting go of everything within me in deep prayer and silence, in giving you those “tender moments alone” to experience your person with conviction. AMEN.Fr. Nicanor F. Lalog II,Parokya ng San Juan Apostol at Ebanghelista, Gov. F. Halili Ave., Bagbaguin, Sta. Maria, Bulacan 3022.
*Photo by the author, violets, Parokya ng San Juan Apostol at Ebanghelista, Gov. F. Halili Ave., Bagbaguin, Sta. Maria, Bulacan, 12 December 2018.