"Just Have Faith in My Son, Jesus"

by Emile Japitana
(Iloilo City, Philippines)

Facing another crisis yet, I had to make an urgent late flight to Manila. In the plane, while in deep prayer, I asked for a sign for His favorable answer to my requests.

My granddaughter has been on drug trial for a kind of leukemia (CML) treatment for a year. I have doubts a to whether we made a sound decision. God may just want us to allow our granddaughter to heal naturally by trusting Him. Now, after a year there are threats to her case. Some complications were observed and I am am disturbed.

I thought that if He wants her to go on, let the lab results be good. That seems remote with her situation now. If He wants her to stop, then let the lab results be discouraging. Now, this seems to be the near possibility.

If His answer will be favorable, let the roses be a sign, if not, then, no roses.

Roses for a favorable answer. Red, yellow? No, white.

Due to heavy rain and all, I was able to leave the arrival area past ten p.m.

While, in bed later, I remembered the roses. I forgot to "look for it" at the airport. I thought, tomorrow.

I usually hear Mass in the afternoon, but I woke up early this morning because my other granddaughter had to prepare for school. Then I remembered, today is Mama Mary's birthday. So, I decided to go for the 6 a.m. Mass. The village church is just five minutes walk away.

Again, I forgot about the roses.
After the "Mass", the priest announced that those wanting to offer flowers to Mama Mary may do so.
Then the roses appeared! Red, pink, and yes, white!
A lot of white roses, offered by the faithful to Mama Mary.

I looked around. The scarce flowers on the altar were not roses, only the ones being offered today.

I choked while remembering the Holy Mother's words which I use to hold on to........."Just have faith in my Son, Jesus".

"Happy Birthday Blessed Mother! Thank you for giving us Jesus and for being always there to assist us. May we learn from your humility and obedience to the Father, trusting that all things, "good or bad", work for our good." was my joyful prayer.

I was peaceful the whole day.

Then early in the evening, I received a message from my daughter in Singapore who was with my granddaughter under drug trial treatment.

My granddaughter's lab results were almost normal. She has been responding so well and is on the way to remission. The scare was an enemy's threat. And what more, they were discharged that afternoon and coming home the next day!

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