Everyday a New Page
by Rica Peralejo-Bonifacio
I love books. Be it physical or electronic, I think books are awesome treasure chests of wonder. For in them I find information, instruction, insight, drama, lessons, laughter, action, and much more. And in well-written ones, I find myself barely unchanged. Because the best of them often do this: tell powerful stories that will not leave the reader where it found her.
In the same way, people are like books. Is it not that we are the living pages of a story that has yet to come to a head? And that along the paths of life, we inevitably touch others as we simply live out every beginning we were given, every middle we are leveraging today, and every end we wish to call upon ourselves.
But this is too idealistic. Even quite insensitive to those who are suffering and questioning how come others got scripts for romantic comedy, while they get nothing but tragedy upon tragedy. And I am not here to explain why we were all given very different plot twists and storylines in life, but surely, I can empathize. After all, I, too, have gone through much. I am one acquainted with affliction of both kinds, those I called upon myself and the unmerited ones thrown my way. I have suffered both the consequences of my sins and the inexplicable pain of losing a baby in my womb not only once, but twice. Yes, this heart has known the depths of remorse, sorrow, grief, mourning, loss.
But I don’t want to be so grim in this welcome. For in the midst of my troubles I must say I also found the unparalleled experience of knowing the joy of salvation, the promise of daily mercies, and the relentless pursuit of He whose magnificent strokes continue to author more and more pages that speak of the same message:
“You are not determined by your yesterday. Today is another day to come closer to the victorious and glorious end I have reserved for you. Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them.”
“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.”
There is an Author behind our existence. The One who knows all our days, both good and bad, easy and difficult, happy and sad. And this is my humble attempt to chronicle the wonderful unfolding of His plans, where each page, each day, is supposed to shed more light, make more sense, bring new grace, hope, and meaning, to the one before it.
Indeed, every day is a new page in what really is an awesome narrative about God’s purpose, promise, love. And my prayer is that He will use the pages you find under my site, to speak and write afresh, in and through you, the Good News, which is the best tale that was ever told for all time.
Rica, Carla, or Mrs.Bo. However you know her, is a published author, a candid storyteller, and an inspirational speaker to crowds and mentor to individuals, about womanhood, career, singlehood, marriage, and family life.
Next to Jesus, she says that she cannot live without her husband, son, a good book and quality coffee. She absolutely loves caramel apples and hates small talk.
She graduated with a degree of Literature in English at the Ateneo de Manila University, and is currently taking her Master’s Degree (online) in Evangelism and Leadership, at the Wheaton College.
“The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; His mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning, great is your faithfulness.”Lamentations 3:22-23
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