“This is what the LORD says: “Let not the wise boast of their wisdom or the strong boast of their strength or the rich boast of their riches, but let the one who boasts boast about this: that they have the understanding to know me, that I am the LORD, who exercises kindness, justice and righteousness on earth, for in these I delight,” declares the LORD.” – Jeremiah 9:23-24
Allow me to boast about the mighty work God has done in the now defunct Family of Brothers (FaBros) of Victory Metro East.
In 2012, our Victory Group (VG) which I spearheaded by God’s grace in 2010 grew in about five VG’s with a total average of 50 young single men professionals attending each week.
Because of God’s goodness, the faithfulness of our VG leaders and the growing faith of our VG brothers, breakthroughs and answered prayers here and there happened: blessings upon blessings poured out unto us, career promotions, relationship goals came true, and many more mighty wonders came to pass right before our eyes.
My Family of Brothers have been with me too in my difficult family times.
Because of them, my late mom had the most number of visitors in the three hospitals we’ve been to: Quirino Memorial Medical Center (Labor Hospital) in Katipunan, The Medical City – Ortigas, and finally, in Marikina Valley Medical Center. They have been my second family throughout all those dark times.
And as the years progressed and unexpected things happened, I had to move on and so did they. For many different reasons, many of us parted ways as part of the natural progression of life.
Tonight, looking back as the remnants of FaBros showed up in our mini-reunion, I realized: I never had that much closeness with other brothers in church again.
Never have I seen this big group of single men gathering at church afterwards.
Then I realized how really fleeting our days are, and that we should always be grateful to God and enjoy every minute we have each passing day, no matter how difficult some days are.
As we concluded our dinner in Shakeys, Bluewave, Marikina, just a few blocks away from Marikina Valley Medical Center where my mother breathed her last in 2013, I opened up our discussion with the question: “What are you most thankful to God for this year?”
After all the guys have answered, with my icebreaker game cards still intact, we played one round of it, just like the good old days, each one taking turns in answering the question they picked.
Our combined stories are a fabric of God’s creation: some are oddly painful that eventually became wonderful while some are still going through hardships awaiting for upcoming breakthroughs. And all of us are still a work-in-progress to become God’s masterpieces.
The FaBros unified story tells the goodness and unconditional love of “His story.” To God be all glory!
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