Mano Po

Esau said to his father, “Have you but one blessing, my father? Bless me, even me also, O my father.” And Esau lifted up his voice and wept.

This line is Esau’s response upon hearing that his brother, Jacob, has deceitfully taken the blessings that were supposed to be given to him. The gravity of not being blessed is shown here. Esau even cried out if there’s even one blessing that his father could give him.

As a parent, the need to always pronounce blessings to my kids has somehow obtained a greater meaning. I should always use words that uplift, encourage and bring life to them.

Even when talking to others, doing the same could make a big a difference. Giving them positive words instead of negative ones can make a bad day into a good one.

A Change
It has been our culture as filipinos to tell our kids to ‘bless’ or ‘mano‘ to the elderly. I’ve never really understood it that’s why I don’t do it too often. It doesn’t make sense to me. Well, not until now. As the elderly, every time a kid comes to me to do the ‘mano po’ gesture, I think what should be done is to bless the person. I’ve seen some old people who have actually given blessings to those young ones. Simple words like:
May God bless you with intelligence.
May God bless you with strength.
May God bless you with good grades.

I want to do the same from now on. I’ll try my best to pronounce blessing to every kid that comes to me to do the “mano po”.

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