You Killed My Son…And I Forgive You
A great story, how people can find love and solace.
You Killed My Son…And I Forgive You
A great story, how people can find love and solace.
Okay guys, this was totally unexpected but I am glad to know that some people actually find my blog helpful. These awards are a way to know that your audience appreciates your efforts. In the end it is not the award but the nomination which is in my opinion the real honor.
Big thanks to Sharon Bennit for nominating me for this award.
The rules for this award:
I have a lot of favorite passages in the Bible but here goes seven
1. Hab 2:4 …
Behold the proud, his soul is not upright in him; but the just shall live by his faith.”
2. Hebrews 11:24-28
By faith Moses, when he had grown up, refused to be known as the son of Pharaoh’s daughter. 25 He chose to be mistreated along with the people of God rather than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin. 26 He regarded disgrace for the sake of Christ as of greater value than the treasures of Egypt, because he was looking ahead to his reward. 27 By faith he left Egypt, not fearing the king’s anger; he persevered because he saw him who is invisible. 28 By faith he kept the Passover and the application of blood, so that the destroyer of the firstborn would not touch the firstborn of Israel.
3. Matthew 5: 7
Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.
4. John 11:25
Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies;
5. 1 John 4:8
Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.
6. Jeremiah 24:7
I will give them a heart to know me, that I am the LORD. They will be my people, and I will be their God, for they will return to me with all their heart.
7. Gal 5:6For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision has any value. The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love.
Here are the blogs I love reading and am going to nominate for this award, I enjoy a lot of them so its kind of hard for me to not be able to nominate more than 7 blogs…I am sorry but on second thought I am going to break the rules on this one and nominate 10 bloggers.
1. Utterly Dependent by Fletcher Abbot
2. If today we hear by Debbie
3. Just a cowboy for Christ by Don Allen
4. Morning Story and Dilbert by Kenny
5. The Recovering Legalist by Anthony Baker
7. Another Jesus Fish in the Sea by Barry Drane
8. The Gospel of Grace by Rollie Claro
10. Rivers of Hope
So folks, this is it. Thank you for reading my blog and I hope I see more of you guys.
This was some time ago; it was a dreary morning for me (which later turned out to be terrible). I had woken up around eight and was eager to get some breakfast. I had lost my job four months ago and was searching for a new one. After breakfast all I wanted to do was to get ready and go out for interviews.
It was the by the door that I first saw that letter. Someone had pushed that piece of paper from underneath the door. The writing was very crude, written in Urdu script by someone who was probably not much literate either.
As I begin to slowly make out the words (it was written badly), I understood how important that letter really was. The message though spread over a space of 3 pages, was simple enough “stop preaching or we will kill you and your family”. Plus, in that same letter, the author had given us a chance of redemption too, there was a magnanimous invitation to join the religion of Islam too, which if we accepted, would make us (us and whoever wrote the letter) brothers and sisters and therefore we would not be further threatened. If we refused, we will be made examples of.
I read that later four or five times. When you hold something like this in your hand, you contemplate a lot of things. Had I been living in the west, I might have not taken it as seriously as it sounded or may be even thought of it as a prank. But since I live in Pakistan, as a Christian I understand the letter is real enough and so is its message.
“Lives that make no sense”. This is a MUST read guys, A MUST READ. Also I would highly recommend that you follow JCC’s blog. Many ministers can write beautiful words and blogs but there are very few who actually carry it with a burden of Christian love and ministry. As a fellow worker in ministry, there is so much to be inspired from and JCC today inspired me.
A must read story, reminded me of how tough life could be.
Yup, that’s Me. Allow me to introduce you to my best friend, Me. As you may have guessed Me is very close to me.
What? you ask.
Well, I don’t know how else to put it. Me is so close to me that we are practically bonded. Me however has a very different set of habits and preferences. Me normally does not like when I interfere with his choices. And that is when Me comes out and does all the things which I would not do normally. In fact, Me planned that I should start bashing people when I like to.I objected strongly, of course. Am I shifting blames? hardly. Me is really out of my control. He has a mind of its own. For example, Me thinks I should spend money like crazy. And to top that he always wants me to spend when I am short on money, I however have to make sure that does not happen.
“Can I go to the bathroom?” these were the words which I dared not utter while desperately trying to control my bladder. As I sat there in the first grade classroom, I was nervously looking around at other children. No one else was asking for bathroom breaks so the fact that I was made me shrink with shame. I am not sure how I got that idea but I can tell you it was there. A four year old boy could not express himself. Somehow I felt that if I asked, everyone will look at me and laugh at me. It was the fear of being different than the crowd around me that made me nervous and I held it for like 2-3 hours I suppose.
And it didn’t end there. I was afraid to ask for help, I could not ask help, not even from the teacher. Because that also implied that I was “not enough”, that I lacked something, that I was unintelligent. I could not ask my parents because well, what will they think what kind of a brain-dead child they have? All other children seem to do fine.
Well, I realize now that isn’t the case but as a child I just did not know.
I remember the first time I entered a sprint race. I was 4 or 5, I remember everyone being on the starting line. I was nervous, I was afraid but I thought I can do it, even if I don’t win, I will try my best.
How many times someone has told you that you can not make a difference? That you can never change anything around you? Wherever you look you will always find someone who is willing to predict your future. It can be your father, your mother, your family , your wife, your kids, your friends, your boss, it can be anyone.
Why do they say that? because you fail, like everyone else. You fall down, your feet bleed, you are bruised often by little accidents of life. Your divorce, your drug use, your lack of education, your poverty, your disabilities, your age, your unwanted pregnancy, your fears and your past mistakes, people will take whatever they can find and tell you that you are just like them, that you are ordinary, just average, not better than anyone else. You are barely adequate enough and that’s it. They will take your failures and list them for you. There is always someone willing to do this to you.
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