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The Asuncions
A Family Made Strong By Faith

by GEMMA LEE ASUNCION

JUST like any other family, ours, the Asuncion family, has its share of ups and downs. Our ups are quite common: being properly clothed, well-fed, being enrolled in good schools, being healthy and enjoying some of life’s luxuries like going abroad, spending quality time together by going to church and praising God, eating out, watching movies,strolling and visiting friends and loved-ones...The list is endless.
Of course, problems and conflicts are the down-side. Thirteen years ago, my father, Gene Asuncion, simply Daddy Luv to us, suffered his first heart attack, which had him confined at the ICU of the Philippine Heart Center. He almost underwent a bypass procedure which normally has a 50-50 guarantee. I still recall that on the day of his operation, we were all at his bedside, uncertain and scared. In fact it was also my sister, Gracious’ elementary graduation. You guessed it right, we weren’t able to attend and instead, a now-late aunt of ours accompanied her to the commencement exercises. Up to this day, I still get the shivers every time I think of it. We all thought we would lose our dad.
Fast forward Y2K, it was Mommy Luv’s turn. When she detected a lump in her breast, she went to her doctor and was diagnosed as having the big C, almost at its second stage! She immediately underwent operation.
Now that my mother is cleared of the cancer cells, the fear factor is still there as it could come back anytime. We four sisters could even inherit it, too. But praise God, He has been faithful and has blessed us with good health.
It cannot be helped that, as much as my parents have struggles with health conflicts, we, their children have also had our own personal struggles. I for one was beset by a romantic relationship conflict the same year my mom underwent surgery.


I could go on and on about this, but one thing is for sure: During all our trying times, we have held on to our faith in our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. We have always believed that God will never give us anything that we cannot handle. Our family has remained intact. I am proud that our lines of communication have remained open. In fact, whenever there are concerns to be raised, trivial or otherwise, we bring it out in the open during our family devotion and dialogue every Saturday or Sunday evenings. Be it big or small ones, God has continually showered us with blessings through the years. I am sure too that God is doing the same to everyone.
This serves as a testimony that the family, aside from being the basic unit of society (as our Social Studies teachers have told since time immemorial), matters most. Just like in any other relationship, it’s up to each member to help make it last. But this won’t be possible if one does not know what his or her focal point is. Let’s look deeper into ourselves and see what we really prioritize, but…“as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” (Joshua 24:15).
 
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