Why didn’t you come sooner?

I found this an excellent blogpost  by Ann Voskamp and a reminder to continue to pray for the Muslims during Ramadan.  She says:

Sometimes the startling grace of your life can drop you right to your knees and is there any other way to rightly see your life?

What did Christine Caine say that that girl had said? That beautiful girl who’d been sold into bondage and trafficked for pleasure, that girl, a survivor of rape and neglect and manslaughter, who looked right into Christine and said it with her heart running liquid right down her cheeks, “If you really cared about us — then why didn’t you come sooner?

Then why in the world didn’t you come sooner?

I’m thinking of India and Haiti and the girl born on the wrong side of the tracks right across town and if you really care about us, then why in Christ’s name didn’t you come sooner?

Why in the world am I sitting here eating chocolate and thumbing through glossy pages and fluffing up my comfortable little North American life?

There’s a whole aching, drowning world out there and they’re asking: If what you say is true and if you really care about us, what in the world have you been doing and why in the world didn’t you come sooner?

On August 2nd, the prayer book urges to pray for Brazil’s Muslims: there are between 70,000 and 300,000 Muslims in Brazil – Sao Paulo is one of the world’s largest cities.  It tells the story of Salim, a suicide bomber who was also a devout Muslim, who one night prayed this prayer: “I don’t know who You are there up in heaven; I’m not an atheist, I know there is someone greater than this, creator of the heavens and the earth, but I don’t know who You are.  Who are You?  Are You Buddha, Mary, Allah, Jesus of the Christians.  Whoever you are, I only ask You this: free me from this my present life and I will follow you forever.”  God answered that prayer, and a Christian found him and told him that Jesus loved him.  Prayer ideas include to ask the Lord to reveal himself to more people like Salim, and also to ask God to motivate, train and encourage Muslim background believers for outreach among Muslims in Brazil and abroad.  Obtain the current daily prayer guide here.

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About stayingfaithful

I am looking for anything that relates to life and to a fuller life. I am bored by the normal and the natural and interested in the supernatural. There must be more than this. We were put on this earth for more than a nine to five prison, as someone said a few years ago.
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