A Tribute To Nanay (Mother)

by:  Cecil Zaballero
We celebrated Mother’s Day last Sunday.  I was so surprised that until Monday at work people were still greeting each other a Happy Mother’s Day.  I don’t ever remember Mother’s day so special like this before.  But I am glad because I get to benefit from it as well.


This brings me to talk about my Nanay (mother).  I am one of those who is still blessed to have their parents around.  A saying goes, you can lead the horse to the trough, but you can’t make it drink the water.  My Nanay took us her children to church Wednesdays and Sundays.  She was ripe for harvest when two American missionaries came to talk to her about her need for salvation; needless to say she became an instant believer in Jesus. 
She read her Bible and prayed.  She sang in the church choir.  Where there was a need, she went and volunteered whether going up to the mountains to lead a Bible Study in Cupang or teaching toddlers in Sunday School.  She brought food even though cooking is not her favorite thing to do.  She was there serving the LORD. 
These she did in spite of the fact that she had a thorn in the flesh like Apostle Paul.  She had a daughter who was perfect @ birth but suffered a traumatic brain accident that left her to be mentally and physically challenged for the rest of her life.  Nanay did all the health care needed by my sister from being a nurse to a dietician to a physical therapist, and she did them joyfully!
I am so glad that the LORD met Nanay on the day those missionaries came to our house.  It was because she was going to go through hard times that only God can help her.  Toward the end of my sister’s life, the care she required was getting harder.  Many times I would hear Nanay sing the song “Have Thine Own Way LORD” and I would cry myself.  I knew Nanay was getting emotionally and physically tired, but she clung on to God.  God prepared her for those times and sadly, one of those times was burying her child.

She was going to go through hard times that only God can help her.


This is why I cling on to God too.  I saw my Nanay did it and she did not get disappointed.  I found that God is reliable and ever faithful  in every way to my Nanay and He is the same to me. 


Isaiah 43: 1b,2,3a  “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you.  When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.  For I am the LORD, your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.”

Thank you Nanay for leading me to the trough.  Seeing you drink the water made me thirsty and I went and had a fill myself—It was oh so GOOD!

One Response to “A Tribute To Nanay (Mother)”

  1. Jessie Arce says:

    Thank you Lord for the Nanay Nene and for Cecil, an example to many Mothers! Happy Mothers Day to both of you!

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