The other day, James Wright Foley, an American Journalist was beheaded by ISIS. My heart is broken. This violence continues to get worse, day after day. Christians, Jews, and even Muslims are targets of terrorists who believe that their mission is to kill “infidels” in order to gain paradise no matter where in the world they live.
What do we do? We pray and we pray very hard and we pay attention to what is happening around the world. We can no longer afford to be ignorant of the possibilities that Christians all over the world face. As it says in Scripture, ‘Pray for the peace of Jerusalem, pray for the peace of all’.
God is not responsible for this terror. I hear from some others that God is punishing us or it is God’s hand causing this evil. God is LOVE, God does not cause evil, that is the domain of the evil one and we must remember this and pray again.
Look, I am not so much worried for myself or my husband, we are in our 60’s, but I do worry for our children and grandchildren. What kind of a world are we leaving to our next generations? I believe what God has told us, “All things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to God’s purpose”. And again, “For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor present things,* nor future things, nor powers, nor height, nor depth,* nor any other creature will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:28, 38,39 NAB)
I have had a mission of my own which was and is to pray for those Christians who are being persecuted, tortured and martyred for their faith. I have had this on my soul for years. Now we see that this persecution is ongoing and getting worse.
I ask all of you to pray deeply about what is happening with ISIS and other terrorists around the world.
Let us also not forget those who are being being killed due to racial tensions,from drug deals gone bad, etc. There all sorts of reasons that people are being killed in this country. We need to stand together join our hands and hearts in prayer, God will hear our cries!!!
Be a blessing, because you ARE blessed!
Sandy Ozanich (c) August 20, 2014