Forwarded email message (originally written in Filipino)
A rookie soul went to heaven and was in front of St. Peter. The soul and St. Peter were walking around heaven while holding hands in a big room filled with angels.
St. Peter stopped in front of a group of angels and spoke. “This is the receiving room. In this room, we receive all prayers,” St. Peter said.
The soul peeked at the room and saw that everybody was very busy sorting out the prayer requests that came from earth.
They continued on their tour of heaven and encountered another group of angels. St. Peter explained to the soul, “this is the packaging and delivery section, this is where all the blessings and provision are packaged and delivered to the people who requested them.”
The soul noted that the angels are as busy as the previous group. The angels have to cope up with the record number of prayer requests for blessings that they receive everyday and answered that needed to be delivered everyday.
St. Peter and the soul went on with their tour and proceeded to the Acknowledgement Section. The soul can’t help but notice the measly number of angels in the room. “Why is it so quiet in here?” the soul inquired, “don’t they have anything to do here?”
“It’s sad,” St. Peter replied, “after receiving the answer to their prayers, only a few people return an acknowledgement.”
“How should one return an acknowledgment?” asked the soul.
“It’s simple,” St. Peter started to explain, “just say ‘thank you Lord'”
“What are the things we should be thankful?” asked the soul.
“If you have something to eat on your table, clothes to wear, shelter and bed then you are richer than 75% of the world’s population,” St. Peter explained.
“If you have money to save in your pocket and have spare money to buy food, then you are one of 8% of income earners in the world,” St. Peter pointed out.
“If you got this message on your computer, then you are part of 15% of the world who have access to the Internet,” St. Peter continued. “If you woke up without any sickness, you are very blessed compared to millions of people who died in their sleep because of poverty,” St. Peter said.
“If you have not experienced the fear in the midst of war, sadness inside a prison, suffering and famine, you are much blessed than more than 700 million people living in the world,” St. Peter stressed.
“If your parents are still alive and are still living together in marriage. Your case are just a few.”
“If you can still look up with a smile on your lips, you are not included in the majority who suffer trial and tribulations.”
…in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.