Thursday, 5 March 2015

Two Rows by the Sea

At a time when many Christians are paying for their faith with their lives, I was very struck by this poem, published by the Egyptian Bible Society. It relates to the execution of Egyptian Coptic Christian workers in Libya by the Islamist extremists.

Two rows of men walked the shore of the sea,
On a day when the world’s tears would run free,
One a row of assassins, who thought they did right,
The other of innocents, true sons of the light,
One holding knives in hands held high,
The other with hands empty, defenceless and tied,
One row of slits to conceal glaring dead eyes,
The other with living eyes raised to the skies,
One row stood steady, pall-bearers of death,
The other knelt ready, welcoming heaven’s breath,
One row spewed wretched, contemptible threats,
The other spread God-given peace and rest.

A Question...
Who fears the other?
The row in orange, watching paradise open?
Or the row in black.

Our prayers are with all those who are being persecuted for following Christ. May we never take our freedom to worship for granted.