Oh That the Rain Would Stop

It has been raining hard for three straight weeks!

The sun had a brief appearance last week only to disappear after about an hour.

Heavy Flooding in Balanga, the capital of Bataan province, which is now in a state of calamity.

The picture above was taken by a church mate who lives in Balanga, about 30 minutes away from my hometown. The house has an elevation of about 4 feet and yet, it didn’t escape the floods. Still, people in this area are lucky because in the town next to us, some houses are almost submerged in water.

Just yesterday, my brothers had to pick up Dad from Balanga because he was stranded and the van he was driving would not start. My brother, who’s a high school student, had to stay in a classmate’s house overnight.

Even on television, regular programming has been interrupted with news updates about the heavy floods all over the country. My sister was a bit upset because she couldn’t watch her favorite tv program. But that’s not such a big problem. 😀 Local news websites like GMA and Inquirer are also full of pictures of the heavy rains and people getting stranded.

Most Filipinos like it when it rains from time to time because it helps ward off the heat. This time, though, it’s different. It has probably been years since I last experienced incessant raining like this. Classes are suspended. Many offices and even banks are closed. It seems that our province (Bataan) is one of the hardest hit areas. During times like this, power outage usually follows. The internet and phone lines get affected too. So many of us are praying that the rain would stop and that the sun would shine soon. Please be with us in prayer.