Yesterday, January 15th, the feast of the Sto. Niño, my family celebrated piyesta for the first time. I’m glad that my family, especially Mama, supported the idea that we give thanks for the guidance and protection of the Holy Child for the last seventeen years of living in the barangay named after him.
I think the highest honor was to be given the privilege to say the group prayer before lunch. This is the prayer I wrote for the Señor:
Today, our Lord, we gather in honor of the child Jesus.
Our family has never thanked You before
for taking care of us all these years.
For our health,
for our safety,
for the people You send our way to reveal Your will.
As we look at Your image as a child,
we are reminded that this is Your will,
that before the eyes of the Father we shall remain as children –
always full of trust in Your love,
always in need of Your protection,
always believing Your Word.
Humble us always, dear God,
that we shall be a nation of Your children.
With hearts full of thanksgiving for the undeserved grace we receive,
we glorify You, oh God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.