Thursday, June 9, 2011

Signs Of The Times?

This is a very depressing story indeed. One that shatters a life long myth that I hold so close to my heart. Even though I am hard up financially since I could no longer actively work for a living, my house in our town has been some sort of a haven for people who have less in life. My friends who are in need would readily find a giving heart from me. I never consider it a loan but a love gift. I do it not for myself but to become a very small channel of God's blessings to others. Oh don't get me wrong, we are far from having an abundant and prosperous life, but whatever we have, we were willing to share them with our less fortunate brethren. Of course, there were occasional cases of abuses by others, but I immediately put a stop to any form of abuse.

There was a particular case of a little girl who would ask for plastic pet bottles from us to sell them to junk shops. There were times when we would have surpluses of bread which normally go to waste. When I asked her if she wanted bread, she said yes. And from that time on, she would be at our gate every morning to get her bread. There were times when we have a surplus of viands and I would be including them with the bread.

This morning, something happened that shattered my belief in an established norm of society. A little boy appeared at our gate very early in the morning. I asked him what he wanted. He did not say anything. I was about to ignore him when I remembered that the little girl used to have a younger brother with her in earlier times. I asked him if he was the brother of the little girl. And he said yes. I asked her where her sister was. He said she was still asleep. I gave him the usual share of bread for the day. Going back inside the house, I resumed my interrupted breakfast. After a little while, I heard the voice of the little girl who used to receive bread from us everyday and I realized I was gypped by that little boy. I explained to the little girl what happened. But I was crestfallen with what happened. That little boy shattered the myth that I long believed, that little innocent children never tell a lie. I was totally wrong. What poverty can do to the scruples of a young not so innocent boy.



Tags: Poverty, Street Children, Hunger, Deprivation, Charity, Love

Posted by: Mel Avila Alarilla


Umma said...

That's how destitution can reshape downright an innocent soul. Gypping has grown flagrant even with minors to surmount difficulties in life.

No wonder, your home is swarmed by less fortunate because you are a person chock with GOOD heart and I take my hat's off to you. Keep it up kuya.

Mel Avila Alarilla said...

Hi Umma,
TO GOD BE THE GLORY. That was one of my most frustrating experience in my life. I always trusted children no matter what their station in life may be. I guess I learned a lesson or two with that experience. Thanks for your visit and comments. God bless you always.

HoneyBUZZin said...

Dear Sir,
Thank you for sharing this story. One upon a time, I told God, I really would like to see an angel..but I don't have to ask HIM anymore, I guessed Angels are simply people like you, you gave and love with BIG heart.
May God bless you and keep you. Amen.

Mel Avila Alarilla said...

Hi HoneyBuzzin,
First of all, TO GOD BE THE GLORY. No, I am not an angel even by the farthest stretch of imagination. I am just doing something for my God and I don't think that it is a big deal. I just expressed my disappointment over that child because I hold children in the highest esteem. Anyway, thanks for your visit and comments. I appreciate that. God bless.

tin-tin said...

maybe he has a sister nd he thought you're really talking about his sister

David C Brown said...

I'm afraid the fallen nature that needs God's grace is in us from the earliest age. Thank God for the change that He has made. And TO GOD BE THE GLORY that he has given to us blessing in Christ no matter how little we deserved it.

Mel Avila Alarilla said...

Hi Tin-tin,
Maybe so. Anyway, that event has been forgotten and that child was already forgiven. I appreciate your visit as I miss you already. Thanks for your visit and comments. God bless you always.

Mel Avila Alarilla said...

Hi David Brown,
Yes, you are absolutely right. Thanks for your visit and comments. God bless.

☆♥Shydub♥☆ said...

You are indeed a genuine person in and out Sir mel. God sees and knows all your good deeds done on earth, Kahit walang wala tayo, marunong pa rin tumulong kaya binibiyayayaan ka ng marami. i know that may karamdaman sa katawan pero God is with you and helping you think and perceived things na hindi magagawa ng ibang tao kundi ikaw lng. Ang ibang tao siguro na nasa shoes mo baka naging indifferent but ikaw you take everything really good and you never stop helping people. God bless to you Sir Mel. Thanks for the post

Mel Avila Alarilla said...

Hi Shy,
Thanks for the compliments but as always, TO GOD BE THE GLORY. Nauuntog din naman ako lalo na't abuso na ang ginagawa nang ibang tao. Me mga tao kasi na wala na yatang katapusan ang paglapit sa kapwa. Kapag ganuon ay hinihinto ko na ang pagtulong. Thanks for your visit and comments. God bless you all always.

"Today, if you hear His voice, do not harden your hearts" (Hebrews 4:7b)


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