Rise Up, Shine Brighter!

By Johnny Guyo

See, darkness covers the earth and thick darkness is over the peoples, but the Lord rises upon you and his glory appears over you. Isaiah 60:2, NIV. 


At another private university, our professor invited us to stand as

we started the first day of class with a prayer. She led us in a

Catholic prayer. I just bowed my head and placed my hands on my side

when my classmates made the sign of the cross to end the prayer.

After some time, my professor requested the class to form a circle. She

then asked the person to her right to lead the prayer. The students took

turns every meeting until my chance finally came.

I just kept bowing my head.

“Mr. Johnny, please lead the prayer,” blurted my professor.

“Ma’am, I only pray a Protestant prayer.” (I could not even say aloud that

I am a Seventh-day Adventist.)

“Go ahead,” she replied.

Well, I prayed just as I was used to. I prayed for my teacher, my

classmates, and even mentioned those who suffered from the Mount

Pinatubo volcanic eruption. It happened just a week before.

I then ended my prayer, raised my head, and bowed again as I could see

my classmates were still doing the sign of the cross.

Whew! I was glad my turn was over.

The following week, we did the customary prayer before class started.

But lo and behold! My professor suddenly said, “Reverend Johnny, please


Imagine. I did this until the semester was over.

After that, even my classmates would seek me in the canteen and say,

“Reverend Johnny, please pray for the food.” To which I was just so happy

to respond. I finally found my calling and courage.

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