Lamentation Over Series of Philippine Calamities

a writing by Elizabeth Padillo Olesen

Lord,our God, have you left us
when bodies in Leyte litter on the ground
like a death camp because of Uring?
when houses for dwelling are smashed
to the ground and means of livelihood
are lost to the mud and sea because of Ruping?
when the earth tremors,
breaking the ground
playing in big laughter the human edifices
like small toys?
when provinces, not only villages
are flattened to the ground
because of the anger and fire of Mt. Pinatubo?

Where are we, O God,
in the midst of other social volcanoes
predicted that one day can erupt
or must have been erupting already?

Where are you,dear God,
with your mercy and loving hand
to those who die by the thousands
to those who have to be uprooted
to an uncertain land,
to those who bear the agony and loneliness
to those who claim the sacredness of life?

What is happening to our land,dear God?
What do you want to tell us?
What is it in your judgment
we need to hear,see and learn?

In the midst of all these lamentations
your being our living God
is still affirmed.

Increase our faith
Unite us as your people
Grant us courage
and allow us to build from the ruins.


This is one dialogue with God I wrote some years ago, after having witnessed the great loss of lives and destruction of properties brought about by the two typhoons-Uring and Ruping and by the eruption of the volcano, Mt. Pinatubo.

Today,the last week of September 2009, the Philippines is experiencing another natural calamity which has never been witnessed in 40 years, the overflooding in the major areas in Manila and the surrounding towns in Luzon. I took out this document I wrote years ago and wonder why my beloved country is often visited by major naturalcalamities.Lamentation continues.

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