My heart has been wrecked over what is happening in Afghanistan. I cannot look at footage of the people trying to escape because I find myself sobbing for them.
I am praying constantly, asking for God’s mercy and rescue. Even as I write this tears make their way down my cheeks. I cannot imagine the fear, grief, and total devastation.
For someone like me, someone with my intensity of empathy, this feels too heavy.
I was remembering when my brother was fighting cancer and had taken a turn for the worse. We knew he didn’t have much time left, and my heart was completely devastated for his children. I kept thinking of his 10 year old daughter and his three sons who would grow up without their father, and I felt as though I would fall apart. I called a friend and she said this to me, “Libbie, you can’t carry this, God hasn’t given you the grace to walk this path, he has given it to them.” I realized that God had given me the grace to lose my brother, but had given them the grace to face their own loss. And while I could pray for them and be there with them, I couldn’t bear the depth of their burden.
At first I couldn’t imagine how anyone could be graced to face some of the things we face in this life. Then I read the story of Stephen in Acts 7. And I caught a glimpse of how God does it.
At the moment when Stephen was facing certain death, God opened his eyes to see what was happening beyond this world. What he could not have seen in the natural became clear in the supernatural. And Stephen saw his Lord and Savior standing in all of His glory. Jesus, who sits on the throne, stood to receive Stephen, preparing to say the words, “Well done.”
This is the only thing that brings any peace as I think of those who are being martyred at this very moment.
And while I pray for rescue for them here on this Earth, I know that those who die in this moment are seeing the heavens open and the Lord of all creation standing to welcome them into eternal glory. In their final moments they are not seeing the hatred and the pain that this life offers. They are seeing what they have hoped in all along, and they wouldn’t trade it for another day here even if they could.
Please continue to pray for the situation in Afghanistan
Pray for the Christians being martyred and those whose lives are being completely turned upside down. Pray for those who have not received Christ, if you are unsure of what to pray, HERE is a prayer you can use as a guide. If you are struggling with anxiety in the midst of all of this turmoil, THIS prayer will hopefully help you run to Him.
If you aren’t sure how to help, check out the Nazarene Fund by clicking HERE. They are working to rescue those marked to be killed in Afghanistan.
If you struggle with how to pray, my book Weapons can help you put scripture into prayers. The Word of God is our weapon. Keep praying.