Few weeks ago, I received a package from my mom. There’s nothing much really, just some packets of dried squid and fish tocino, a bottle of deodorant, and a very nice prayer that I can hang on my bedroom wall. It’s an OFW Everyday Prayer from papemelroti. Let me share it with you:
An Overseas Worker’s Everyday Prayer
May my heart be full of praise as I pray to You each day.
I boldly come to Your throne, for my task is like Your very own.
I know You were a loving Son, but still left home for Your mission.
As I travel far from those I love, fill me with Your grace above.
Help me to be filled with gratitude, doing each task with a positive attitude.
Stay with me in my times of loneliness
With good, true friends, all my days bless.
Thank You for this service I render
For my family and homeland from January to December.
Bless my employer and my co-workers too
May we be good ambassadors in all that we do.
Thank You for all the things I learn, and not only for the wages I earn.
In a new culture and a new way of living,
May I only adapt in my life, the good things.
For challenges I face and need to fight
Give me strength to always do what’s right.
That I be a good example, may it be so
And to deserve my country’s call to be a modern-day hero.
While I’m far away, keep safe those at home
Be my presence there, wherever I may roam.
Help us keep in touch and preserve our ties,
Guide all our decisions with Your Word so wise.
Infuse in me the joy of spirit to share –
To be a light in the places where faith is rare.
Bless my country so far away,
With peace and progress ‘till I return one day
Until that day I set foot on my land –
Keep us secure in the palm of Your hand.
I thank God for choosing my Mom and Dad to be my parents. For having a not so perfect but a happy family. For my four siblings. For blessing me with a small circle of friends that I can always depend on every time homesickness sets in. And for all the blessings He's given me through the years. Amen.