Life’s lessons to ponder this Holy Week, a story’s conclusion.
Simon’s heart was pounding fast. His palms were cold but sweating. The hospital’s air-conditioning system was strong but drops of sweat were racing down his face trying to outrun each other. He walked to and fro the hospital lobby. Each passing minutes seemed forever for him. His foreboding was overwhelming. Flashback of sad memories visited his mind, he had experienced this before, the same feeling when his only son Xavier was in the ICU fighting for his life. Just few minutes earlier, doctors and nurses were in scamper towards the ICU after Jorge’s heartbeat stopped ten hours after his operation. And now, Simon’s eyes fixed on the ICU door but no one was coming out. What’s happening inside? He anxiously thought.
Yesterday, the orphan was a little better when Simon visited him. He got the chance to talk to the little boy. Their short conversation was still vivid in his mind. “What were you doing in front of my place the night those burglars attempted to intrude my clinic and my house? You’re supposed to be resting or doing your craft projects at home.”, he curiously asked. Simon caught Jorge eyes filled with sadness before he spoke, “On that day, after my hard day of junk collection, I was happy because a livelihood program coordinator was interested in my artcrafts and they’re going to buy them but when I got home all my craft projects, those stuffs that I’ve created through sleepless nights were all gone. A neighbor told me that the family who took over my late parent’s property ransacked my room and they sold all my finished craft projects. When I asked them, they beat me, so that night I stayed in the front of your house. That’s the only way I know to console myself, to look at your house and dream that someday I would become a part of a house like yours, a safe home for me. Since I lost my family, I wish I could find a new home where I would be welcomed and…” teary eyed Jorge paused a while before continuing “ …loved. I haven’t felt being loved since they’re gone.” the orphan said sobbing. Simon’s heart was tore into pieces upon hearing the orphan’s ordeal and yearning. Now, more than ever before, he’s determined to be this little boy’s father, to grant this orphan’s longing for a home and to be loved. His anger towards that family was getting deeper, eating his whole being. He wanted to take revenge for the boy and he already formulated a plan to have that family suffer the consequences of their evil deeds.
But with Jorge’s present condition, would there be any chance for Simon to make those plans materialized? What if Jorge couldn’t make it? He would forever be regretful of losing many chances to be a father and a protector to Jorge. He regret being over consumed by his own concerns he didn’t spend time to pay attention to the orphan’s welfare. This innocent boy who was able to keep his integrity but turned out a vulnerable prey of the city’s devouring monsters. One thing that Simon was thankful for was the news he received that morning that the robbery gang leader and members were already in jail.
Simon’s world stopped as the doctor was coming out of the ICU’s door and approached him. “How’s the little boy, doctor?” he asked. The hospital doctor’s eyes didn’t miss his obvious nervousness. “ The boy is still under observation, he developed infection that caused his high fever earlier. He’s better now but since it’s an abdominal trauma he has to undergo an active process, including serial physical examinations and abdominal ultrasonography.” “Please, help him survive.” he sighed. “We will do our best but it’s still in God’s hands. Pray more.” the hospital doctor tapped his shoulder. On that night, Simon prayed fervently and in tears, “Lord, let me have this chance to be the father Jorge’s longing for. Let me provide him a home where he will be loved again. Please.”
”Are you sure you don’t want me to file the case against that family?” Simon asked Jorge while they were having dinner, three months after the little boy survived the incident. He was planning to file a child abuse complaint against the family who took over the house that belongs to Jorge, who beat him and stole his artcrafts before he got stabbed by the robbery gang members. “ Forgive them, boss, ahmm papa for I already did.” “ No! They have to learn their lessons! They might do it again to others.” “Papa, remember they’ve already asked for my forgiveness when I was in the hospital. I believe they’ve already regret what they have done to me. Let’s give them a chance.” “ How about your house? That property is yours.” He was trying to convince the boy. “Let them have it, papa. God already provided a better house for me. I only need one house.” Shame made Simon’s face hot. A twelve year old boy taught him values he was lacking.
The door bell’s persistent sound annoyed Simon. He was excitedly choosing what to wear for his son’s college graduation. Yes, it’s Jorge’s graduation and Simon was a proud dad. If not for the non-stop door bell he wouldn’t want to be disturbed from getting ready. Jorge would be graduating in Pediatric Medicine with honors. Simon opened the gate. It’s the family that Jorge forgave from abusing him when he was an orphan boy. “ We brought a gift for Jorge’s graduation.” Simon smiled and let them in. Since Jorge forgave them, the family never failed from bringing gifts on every occasion concerning Jorge. Simon now see how forgiveness works. It’s not just being freed from the emotional burden but it’s the genuine joy that can be found in forgiving. Simon wasn’t just proud of Jorge’s accomplishments but he’s proud to be called Papa by this former lost orphan with a pure heart, who had taught him many lessons in life. – the End.
The first part of this story was published on March 7, 2018. The second part was on March 21, 2018. Please read back to enjoy the full story.
Author: Rhodenia Cunanan
There are many verses in the Bible that tells us about love and forgiveness, below are just few of them. The essence of celebrating the Holy Week revolves in love and forgiveness.
John 3:16 “ For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”
Matthew 6:14-15 NIV “For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.”
Colossians 3:13 NIV “Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.”
Ephesians 4:31-32 NIV “Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.”
1 corinthians 13:4 – 6 NIV “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.”
Jorge’s art crafts samples will be featured next week, with its step-by-step procedures and photos.
Author’s Note- This story is just a fiction, all similarities of names, places, events are just coincidence. The art crafts featured in the past and to be featured next week are all creations of the author herself.