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PostSubject: Blood Inside The Brain   Wed Jul 15 2009, 16:23

Every morning, I tell God to embrace me.

I’d close my eyes, stretch my arms, smile a big smile, and say in Tagalog, “Yakap naman, Lord.” And I just stay there in that tight, warm, lingering embrace for awhile. Believe me, it makes my day.

The embrace is my basic form of prayer. I love it so much, I even wrote a tiny prayer book entitled, Embraced.

How did I learn to do this?


Blood Inside The Brain

Fourteen years ago, at 75 years old, my father was fixing a light bulb in our garage. He stood onto a chair for greater reach. He lost his balance and went crashing down. His head hit the concrete floor and blood spurted out like water from an open faucet.

Because of the impact, there was like a dripping faucet inside his brain as well. He had blood clots in his brain and he began to experience paralysis in his body. The gravest blow was severe pneumonia, an infection that developed after a few months of staying in the hospital. His lungs were now filled with fluid, and that was when the crisis hit.

My Last Embrace

On that fateful night, the doctor called us up, telling us to rush to the ICU because he could go anytime.

When I entered the room, I saw Dad hooked up to a respirator. At that point, he was only absorbing 20% of the oxygen they were pumping to him. Someone doesn’t last too long in that state.

I looked at Dad’s hands and face, and they were bluish in color. I whispered to his ear, “I love you, Dad. If you see Jesus anywhere, just go with Him. It’s okay.”

That was when the miracle happened. He opened his eyes.

Then he did something that he had not done in the past 25 years. He raised his hands towards my face, and clasped me on both cheeks. Then he brought me down towards him, and gave me a hug.

My father gave me a hug.

My father was not the hugging type. He probably hugged me when I was a kid, some twenty plus years ago. But he never hugged me as an adult.

A volcano of emotions erupted within me.

At one moment, I was happy he was hugging me.

At the next moment, I was sad, knowing it may be his last embrace.

And at the next second, I was angry. I wanted to ask, “Dad, why only now? Why didn’t you embrace me when you were stronger?” But truthfully, I was also angry at myself. I asked myself, “Why didn’t I hug him before?”

After awhile, his arms collapsed on his side.

The Great Miracle

I took one step backward as the doctors and nurses attended to him.

After fifteen minutes, the doctor faced me and gave me a surprise. He said, “Bo, you can go home now. Your father is out of critical danger. He’s better now.”

When I visited him the next day, Dad was even better. And he got better and better and better.

This was the great miracle in our lives. Dad was able to walk out of that hospital. And he lived for another 12 years!

But guess what we were doing during those 12 years?

You bet. We were hugging each other everyday.

Sometimes, we’d meet in a mall. We wouldn’t care if there were thousands of people walking by us. We’d still hug each other.

Being hugged by my father—and feeling so loved by him—gave me an idea of how much my Heavenly Father wanted to embrace me.

Thus, it became my morning prayer—to get embraced by God.
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PostSubject: Re: Blood Inside The Brain   Wed Jul 15 2009, 17:59

group hug hug hugs na tao... kailangan talaga natin eto kaso wala akong mag hug rito unan lang lolz thanks for sharing..
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PostSubject: Re: Blood Inside The Brain   Thu Jul 16 2009, 12:56

pa-embrace naman sa inyo.
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PostSubject: Re: Blood Inside The Brain   Fri Jul 17 2009, 10:39

touch ako hug
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PostSubject: Re: Blood Inside The Brain   Fri Jul 17 2009, 19:45

yup, a good story indeed smile

kaya here's a hug

margarita_lite wrote:
touch ako hug
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PostSubject: Re: Blood Inside The Brain   Fri Jul 17 2009, 20:17

TGP wrote:
yup, a good story indeed smile

kaya here's a hug

margarita_lite wrote:
touch ako hug

kaya nga sa EB dapat may ganito group hug a kiss
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