Among the seats inside, I choose to be at this pew lying separately at the side of the cathedral where I can readily have a view of the grandiose place. Yes, the one beside the saints in the likes of San Lorenzo Ruiz (our very own Filipino saint) and the Immaculate Heart of Jesus and Mary and the others of which I unintentionally forgot the names now.
And as I was about to kneel one time, I noticed the scribblings on the pew. Can we utterly classify this as sheer vandalism since they are leaving unnecessary marks on a public place? But the writings are not that common ones yes, they are prayer petitions. While many are used to writing their requests on paper, these people opted to leave theirs in some other furnace. It was just interesting to know these young ones and maybe young once have sincere wishes and have a strong belief that God would read their written prayers while He glances on this special "pew" and grant them all anew. You might be curious to know what are some of these prayer petitions are.
At first read could leave a temporary smile on your face as some are what might we call "shallow" but then couldn't judge whoever wrote them that time. Some I couldn't actually make out of since they are unclearly written and could well use the help of the best portable scanner maybe. Things like " Lord, I hope me and my gf could get back together." "Dear God, pls let my parents kiss and make up." "Dear Papa God, pls make my bf love me again". Requests of the depressed lovers or the oppressed you might ask but then we may not know what's the real intention of the authors the very minute they wrote those. Unless we could sneak into their hearts.
Some could have the faith the size of a corn seed or better yet some the size of a watermelon. Boils down to one true thing - FAITH. Yes, faith can move mountains and make the impossible, POSSIBLE. We must learn from the children - they possess stronger faith than us adults at times. We who have such little faith and who just crash and burn each time an adversity strikes.
The "pew" is actually covered with various petitions right now and I get to visit it each time. At times I am quite tempted to jot down my own prayers on it so I could join the others and leave my handwriting too there, like a "fingerprint" of my existence and my presence each time. But I already have this "direct dial" to God which doesn't go on busy or cannot be reached mode. He always hear each prayer and answers them in His perfect time!