A Grateful Mind for 2017

29 Dec 2017
The year has gone in the blink of an eye and the new year is already here. As we look back on 2017, what are the things that you are grateful for and have you seen God working in you through the year? Have you seen His wonders or are you still waiting for a sign?

Milita Dsilva, a parishioner of OLPS shares her experiences as she reflects on the year gone by. She shares three instances where God surprised her amidst trials - through signs and wonders, and she is grateful for them.

Instance #1: A Birthday gift from above

Every January, I celebrate my birthday with my family and friends. This year, due to moving to Singapore for work, I was only able to celebrate with my husband over dinner at Marina Bay Sands.

To my astonishment, the Sous Chef came up to me, introduced himself and asked me if I would like to try out some of his food innovations that weren’t on the printed menu. I agreed almost immediately. The food, needless to say, was exotic. I kept wondering why he picked me.

An hour later, a jovial customer walked in. He sat down at the table beside us and the chef introduced us to him with pride. It turned out that this man was a loyal customer of this particular restaurant. We conversed for a while and enjoyed each other's company, but soon he took his leave as he had to catch a flight.

After a delicious meal and good company which I was grateful for, I asked for the bill, only to find that it had already been paid by that loyal customer

"Therefore the Lord waits to be gracious to you;
    therefore he will rise up to show mercy to you.
For the Lord is a God of justice;
    blessed are all those who wait for him." (Isaiah 30:18)

Instance #2: God sent me his angel 

One Friday night, in March this year, I lost my wallet containing my identity and credit cards, and money. It was way past sunset and I scampered around, not knowing where to search. Someone advised me to file a complaint at the local police station which I did and returned home.

My weekend passed by sleeplessly.

Desperate, I prayed to our Lord, as well as St Anthony, the patron saint of lost items.

It was Monday morning and I remember vividly when my phone rang - it was from the FUPO (Found and Unclaimed Property Office), a division of the Singapore Police Force - informing me that my wallet had been found.

Overwhelmed with relief, I broke into tears because I understood that God had sent his angel to help me.

"O give thanks to the Lord, call on his name,

    make known his deeds among the peoples." (Psalm 105:1)

Instance #3: A lifelong assurance

Two years after my father's passing, it was finally time for my mother to bid us farewell as well. Grief prevailed and I felt rudderless.

Despite those feelings, I was grateful to God that my parents had left behind a legacy of strong bonds among my siblings and myself. Five of us were so close that we could journey through this life as best friends!

Now I fear death less, because I know that both my parents will be there on the other side of heaven’s gate.  

I’m grateful to my God for filling my heart with joy and alleviating my fear, knowing my parents are eternally with Him.

With gratitude to our God,
Milita Dsilva

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SPEND A Moment to Reflect

1. Are you just as grateful for 2017 like Milita?

2. Can you look back and spot the instances over this year where God has seemingly showed up in ways you never knew possible?

Even though He may seem invisible, He shows up through his angels and we are constantly under his care, love and guidance.

As the year comes to an end, do take time to thank God for all things. 

"Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you." (1 Thessalonians 5:18) 

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Disclaimer: 
The views and recommendations expressed in this article are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the views of the priests of the parish or the Catholic Church of Singapore.