Christmas Challenge 2

By: Ely Lagajino

And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. John 14:1 (KJV)

Early morning of Dec. 24, I walked with confidence, ready to assemble the generator. To my surprise, the Kabataang Barangay (KB) officers stood, waiting to keenly observe the master mechanic and the repair’s progress. The success of their Christmas gathering would depend on the generator in the absence of electricity.

We brought the engine parts under the shaded trees as I started to pick up the base which was easiest to identify. The next move became a challenge; it was different from the Honda which I used to practice on. To comfort them and minimize my stress, I cracked a joke that kept my viewers laughing. Another hilarious punch line, and they could no longer hold their tears from rolling laughter, which distracted them from closely observing me. This gave me a chance to apply a trial and error way of assembling. When I got confused, I told another joke. Before twelve noon, praise God, the generator was successfully completed.

The KB chairman pulled the starter rope. Everybody clapped their hands and shouted for joy for the one-click start; but after a few seconds, black smoke burst out from the exhaust when the speed increased to maximum power. The smoke filled and darkened the shaded area as everyone started coughing. Happy faces turned to gloom as the young people shook their heads in disappointment.

 ​I turned off the engine, smiled, and told them that the generator would function adequately in the afternoon. “The new piston and piston rings probably needed time to adjust; let’s go home and eat lunch,” I suggested.

 ​In the Bible, I imagine the sad faces of the disciples when Jesus said He was leaving them… but I could also sense the feeling of hope when Jesus assured them of His return. (To be continued.)

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