Rise Up, Shine!

by Johnny Guyo


Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord rises upon you. Isaiah 60:1, NIV.


I had been born to an Adventist family, but I had not been keen about

expressing my faith in public. I would rather shy away from groups

and stay alone. For elementary, I went to an Adventist primary school.

But for high school, I had no choice but to attend a public school.

During those years, I felt like my growth as a Christian had stunted. I

seldom participated in church activities, especially in joining my fellow

youth who shared their faith around the neighborhood. I carried this

behavior until after finishing my college degree at PUC (now AUP),

which had also given me the opportunity to serve as a member of the


After attending my noonday class in a public university for my

upgrading, I had lunch in one of the canteens nearby. From the counter,

I spotted a single table with only two seats. I was happy I could be alone.

When I sat down, habit nudged me to pray before eating. But fearing

that the people around would think I was queer, I bent to close my eyes,

rubbed them as if they were itchy, and said my short prayer.

As I opened my eyes, I noticed a shadow in front of me. Carrying a

tray of food, the young girl was in school uniform. She was probably a

second-year college student. When she politely asked if she could occupy

the chair opposite me, I said yes. Well, the table was just big enough for

our two trays.

She sat. Then she put her elbows on the table and her palms together,

keeping her eyes open. I could see that she was praying, unmindful of me

watching her. Then she made a sign of the cross and ate her food.

I was ashamed of myself. Here was a young lady, openly showing her

gratitude to God in public while I was trying hard to hide mine.


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