At the turn of the century there was a city worker whose youth had been spent in evil ways. But one night during a revival meeting, he was spiritually born anew. Soon after, he ran into one of his old drinking pals. Knowing his friend needed God, he attempted to witness to him about his newly found peace. His friend rebuffed him rudely and made fun of him for turning pious.
I’ll tell you what, said the new Christian, you know that I am the city lamplighter. When I go ’round turning out the lights, I look back, and all the road over which I’ve been walking is blackness. That’s what my past is like. He went on, I look on in front, and there’s a long row of twinkling lights to guide me,and that’s what the future is like since I found Jesus.
Yes, says the friend, but by-and-by you get to the last lamp and turn it out, and where are you then?
Then, said the Christian, why, when the last lamp goes out it’s dawn, and there ain’t no need for lamps when the morning comes.
About the author: Peter grew up in the island of Lao-ang, the Northern part of Samar, Philippines. He was born on February 17, 1976 in Manila. His father is a retired overseas contract worker while his mother is a retired teacher. He has two siblings and he is the only Son in the family. He was educated in the college of San Beda where he earned a double major degree in Philosophy and Human Resources Development. A year later he went into Law School but he was appalled to the horrifying condition of the legal profession in the country and decided not to pursue his law education.
In 2001, he entered the Catholic religious seminary of the Augustinian Recollects in Bagiuo City until he got ill and decided to leave the seminary to get medical attention. In 2005, he studied at the Graduate School of the University of Santo Tomas, the first Catholic university in Asia. After leaving his job as technical solutions specialist at Siemens, today he’s looking forward to find a new job.