Saturday, December 6, 2014

Advent / Persecution

Our brothers and sisters around the world are suffering indescribable hardships because of their Christian faith.  It keeps me awake at night.  On the way to Irbil the very young and the old died, the remaining are living in make-shift accommodations having lost absolutely everything.  How can they keep their hopes alive.  I sent money, today.  I think we should all do what we can.  If one suffering person reads this, please know that you are not forgotten, that our thoughts and tears and prayers are with you virtually constantly.  The Lord Jesus won't forget your hardship.  He also made himself nothing and left everything behind.

I saw one lady in a videoclip, someone who had been expelled from Mosul.  She said: "Jesus said--I will send you like sheep among wolves and that is how it is."  She was not happy, but she had some context and God's word.   May the Lord help her and keep her strong in her faith.  May the Lord soon put an end to all this suffering.

"Stir up Your power, O Lord, and come, that by your protection we may be rescued from the threatening perils of our sins and saved by Your mighty deliverance; for you live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever."  (Collect in Advent)

With all these disasters we remember that it is our own sin and unbelief that threaten us the most.  Fear not who can destroy the body...

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