When Monsoon strikes..

A couple of days ago, a strong southwest monsoon struck the Philippines so bad. According to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services (PAGASA), the Habagat or southwest monsoon that usually runs from May to October was affected by the latest typhoon who entered the Philippine Area of Responsibility which was named Gener and eventually called Haikui when he entered the China area. A “monsoon” is a consistent wind pattern generated by a large weather system, that lasts for a period of months and affects a large area of the planet (For more information about monsoon, click here). A lot of places from the northern part of Luzon including Metro Manila was affected or still currently affected by the flood because of the monsoon. An August 10 report confirmed that deaths hit 43 people already (Here’s the complete report).

I, myself was also affected. Our house is situated near the Pasig river which we were very thankful that it didn’t overflow that bad like other rivers from other part of Luzon did. The flood from our neighborhood was knee-high for 3 days I believe and it flows to the 1st floor of our house. It’s a good thing that we are renting a room on the 2nd floor so our things were safe but then again, it saddened me to know that there are a lot of people who are affected by the monsoon rains. Those people who lost their houses and love ones. Hopefully, they can move on and live their life again normally.

Here are some photos I took from our street and house:

Last 6 photos were taken from our front yard and the 1st floor of our house. The flood actually subsided already when I took the photos so it’s only leg-high. It smelled so bad!

I stumbled upon this prayer and I want to share it with my readers so we can pray for all of those in need of it. God bless the Philippines and the world..

A Prayer for the Philippines

Lord of the utmost High, Your loving heart is what makes us one nation.
In these trying times of the calamity, we lift to you our nation.
Help all those who are still in dire need of rescuing;
Strengthen the volunteers in the rescue and relief operations;
Heal those who are sick, grieving, and weak;
Envelope with your kindness those who are confused and lonely;
Inspire those who are able to contribute what they have;
Clear our hearts to set aside differences and conflicts.

May the Holy Spirit come upon us all to enlighten us,
see Your wisdom in all these, and to understand Your purpose.
Thank you for letting the sun shine on us this morning,
For the outpouring of love by the people who are still able to do so
And for the gift of family, friends, and public service.

In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.

(Disclaimer: I edited it a bit because I think this is a prayer for the Ondoy aftermath)

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