I went to two parties last night! First one was dinner with a dear and best friend, Karen. We met at our favorite Mexican restaurant and dipped gluten-free chips in white cheese (I can never think of the name of it), our entree was Guacamole Mexicana, water to drink and then the party began: fried ice cream and choco taco. Oh yeah…three (or was it two?) laps of the strip mall afterward and we both headed home by dark:thirty!!!
When I got home I realized there was another party going on and I quickly got snuggled in bed, Kindle in hand and Tweet Chat wasn’t working quite right. I persevered and finally snuck in the back door. Happy to see Andrew there another week. But I am missing someone and must reach out to her today – where o where is Marisa? I was full from supper so all the chatter about summer recipes and ice cream didn’t faze me! Then, bam… Kate announced the word prompt for the week:
REST in peace (translation)
I feel like I wrote this post yesterday. News came (to me for the first time) that Pastor Han in China had been taken, tortured, and slaughtered by the North Koreans. Pastor Han worked tirelessly in the underground church and participated in many rescues of Believers in North Korea. I do not know all the details yet, but he was captured and hacked to death by his captors.
The Persecuted Church is high on my prayer radar. Ten or so days ago, brothers and sisters, were jailed in Nepal for preaching the gospel – they have since been released.
When news came of Pastor Han’s capture and death, the only words I knew to type in the comment box of the article were…
Well done My good and faithful servant, enter now into your Master’s REST.
These events take my breath away. They deeply penetrate my being – I don’t know how else to describe it.
I can’t leave this post without a few “balm” scriptures – to soothe the ache of such atrocities. I hope you will get a cuppa later, when your world is quiet and ponder these words of HOPE. Because, #hopechangeseverything
- Psalm 16.10-11
- Matthew 25.21,23,46
- John 12.26
- Philippians 1.23
- 2 Timothy 2.12
- 1 Peter 1.7-8
- Revelation 2.10
- Revelation 2.26-28
- Revelation 3.21
- Revelation 7.17
- Revelation 21.7