So Much to Mourn…
This year however, there are more reasons to mourn. As we approach the Holy Week, others sought to inflict harm on the Body of Christ…His children...even as they pray.
For photos of the aftermath (caution: may be distressing)
A cowardly attack on a group of people gathered to pray. And perhaps the Egyptian police was listening to you Peter, for they claim that the attacker is mentally unstable. Or maybe you just know them too well! That is of course after they edited the events and said there is only one attacker…initial reports say there were 3. The number of those injured varies as well.
I guess we’ll never know!!
But we do know that one man died. A man in his sixties killed as he prays in church. According to Dubai news which was shown on SBS here in Australia today at 11:30am, the priest of one of the 3 churches attacked said the attacker shouted “Islamic slogans” as he walked into the church.
Mentally unstable. Seems like the new craze (pardon the pun) in the Arab and Islamic world these days. Well at least Western countries can take a bit of a break from being the “cause-for-everything-that-goes-wrong” in that part of the world. It’s more fashionable now to blame mental illness.
Abdul Rahman converts….He is obviously mentally ill
Zakaria Moussaoui is facing death penalty… he suddenly starts acting crazy
A man (or 3 men) attacks worshippers in a church….he (they) are mentally ill
Is there an epidemic of mental illness in the Mid East??
Our good friend Xavier brought this one to my attention
A Christian Pakistani woman is spending Easter in jail. Her charge: she desecrated a Muslim sacred image of the Kaba. The real story: she protested to seeing the cross on a heap of rubbish. The irony: those drawing the cross on the rubbish were protesting the Mohammad cartoons!!!
“Naseem saw the protesters draw a cross on top of a rubbish help and so she went out to protest the desecrating gesture.” The woman told the demonstrators they were violating a sacred symbol of Christianity while protesting about exactly the same offence against their own faith.”
That’s OK Naseem; maybe they too are mentally incapacitated to see the hypocrisy. Perhaps they are too mentally ill to know that images are forbidden (haram) in Islam anyway, so that image of the Kaba they claim you desecrated was a desecration in itself!
So as our Western Christian brothers and sisters celebrate the resurrection of our Lord, and as we embark on a week of solemn prayers, we all raise our hearts to God in prayer:
For all those who are persecuted for their faith
For all those who have to spend these blessed days grieving for their loved ones
For all those who are living in fear
We take comfort in Your words Lord:
17And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake.
18But there shall not an hair of your head perish. (Luke 21:17-18)
And last but not least, we pray for all those who seek to harm the church; the children of God, that they may be forgiven and to know the love and light of Christ.