Friday, August 8, 2014

Blessed are They

This weekend, as we head out to the lake, restaurants, ball fields, and movie theaters for our American weekend, I hope we won't forget to take a while to pray for those in our world who are being targeted because of their faith.  Not targeted in the sense that we think of here in America, but targets of some of the most disturbing wickedness that I have ever heard of in my lifetime.
In America, where we're so far removed from the horror, it's easy to get wrapped up in our TV shows, the iPhones, the break neck schedules, the family obligations, and the social media time trap and forget that there are so many people who are living out the worst kind of nightmare today because of their beliefs......something we have only read about happening in other places and other times that are far, far away.
 
I have seen the most heart wrenching pictures of mothers and fathers walking through the searing heat of the mountainous desert, holding their limp babies and small children who didn't survive the lack of water and food.....little bodies about the size of some of my own nieces and nephews.  Only pure evil beheads children, hangs fathers and rapes mothers in front of their families.  It doesn't take much of those kinds of images to force you to imagine your family in their place. 
Take time out of your weekend to pray for the Christians in Iraq, the people of Israel, the children being used as human shields, and all of the other innocent people who have found themselves caught in the middle of the evil that Hell has unleashed on God's children all over the world.  And as you sit in church this weekend, be especially aware that it is a privilege denied to many.   
      "Blessed are they that are persecuted for righteousness' sake, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven."
Matthew 5:10

 

5 comments:

  1. Very powerful reminder. So heartbreaking!

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  2. Thank you for this reminder, Joni! I put this article on my FB page hoping to reach my friends and family and remind them to pray. God bless you for writing about this my friend.

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  3. These times we are living in are scary...thank you for reminding me how blessed we are here even though evil knows no boundaries.

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  4. Such a powerful reminder. God, be with them!

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