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Fatima’s Love Letter

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on February 15, 2009 by julietsm

 

 

 

 

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1295_270” May the Lord Jesus guide you, Oh Muslims
And enlighten your hearts that you might love others
The forum does not revile the Master of the prophets
It is for the display of truth, and for you it was revealed
This is the truth which you do not know
What we profess are the words of the Master of the prophets
We do not worship the cross, and we are not possessed
We worship the Lord Jesus, the Light of the worlds

We left Mohammed, and we do not follow in his path
We followed Jesus Christ, the Clear Truth
Truly, we love our homeland, and we are not traitors
We take pride that we are Saudi citizens
How could we betray our homeland, our dear people?
How could we, when for death – for Saudi Arabia – we stand ready?
The homeland of my grandfathers, their glories, and odes – for it I am writing
And we say, “We are proud, proud, proud to be Saudis”
We chose our way, the way of the rightly guided
And every man is free to choose any religion
Be content to leave us to ourselves to be believers in Jesus
Let us live in grace before our time comes
There are tears on my cheek, and Oh! the heart is sad
To those who become Christians, how you are so cruel!
And the Messiah says, “Blessed are the Persecuted”
And we for the sake of Christ all things bear
What is it to you that we are infidels?
You do not enter our graves, as if with us buried
Enough – your swords do not concern me, not evil nor disgrace
Your threats do not trouble me, and we are not afraid
And by God, I am unto death a Christian – Verily
I cry for what passed by, of a sad life

I was far from the Lord Jesus for many years
Oh History record! and bear witness, Oh Witnesses!
We are Christians – in the path of Christ we tread
Take from me this word, and note it well
You see, Jesus is my Lord, and He is the Best of protectors
I advise you to pity yourself, to clap your hands in mourning
See your look of ugly hatred
Man is brother to man, Oh learned ones
Where is the humanity, the love, and where are you?
As to my last words, I pray to the Lord of the worlds
Jesus the Messiah, the Light of Clear Guidance
That He change notions, and set the scales of justice aright –

And that He spread love among you, Oh Muslims.”

                                                                                            

 

 

Very beautiful letter, isn’t it?  I think if you understand the conditions under which this letter was written it may have more meaning for you.

Fatima was a 26 year old former Muslim girl who gave everything for her newfound Saviour.  In fact, she gave her very life.  When she told her family, I can only imagine with horror the events that led up to her brother cutting out her tongue.  She was then locked in her room where she wrote these last words on her laptop.  When they came to get her, it was to take her to her death, where she was burned alive.  Burned alive because she loved the Lord Jesus Christ.  The one that so many of you like to call “a fairy tale”. 

Last time I checked, nobody gave their lives for the Three Little Pigs.  Or Sleeping Beauty.  Although that is how I like to think of Fatima now, like  sleeping beauty.  However, I am romanticising there, because she is not asleep.  She is now with the Saviour, glorified and perfected for all eternity.

For all of you out there who like to leave your nasty little remarks and call us names and do all the dreadful little things you like to do, I present to you Fatima Al-Mutairi.  A martyr for the Christian Faith.    A young lady who was not afraid to give her very life for The Lord Jesus Christ.

As Jesus hung on the cross, he said “Forgive them Father, they know not what they do.”   

As Fatima awaited her death, she wrote a love letter to the very ones who were to kill her.

Do we believe in some “Sky Wizard”?

I believe that Fatima could answer that for you, but she is otherwise occupied right now.

julietsm

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Choose Love

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on February 7, 2009 by julietsm

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Why would anyone choose to live without love?  I know that I wouldn’t.  The people that I call friends wouldn’t.  Yet there are people who prefer to live a life that is filled with hatred.

Many are the ways in which God is seeking to make Himself known to us and bring us unto communion with Him.  Nature speaks to our senses without ceasing.  The open heart will be impressed with the love and glory of God as revealed through the works of His hands.  The listening ear can hear and understand the communications of God through the things of nature.  The green fields, the lofty trees, the buds and flowers, the passing clouds, the falling rain, the babbling brooks, the glories of the heavens speak to our hearts, and invite us to become acquainted with Him who Made them all.

Our Saviour bound up His precious lessons with the things of nature.  The trees, the birds, the flowers of the valley, the hills, the lakes, and the beautiful heavens, as well as the incidents and surroundings of daily life were all linked with the words of truth, that His lessons might thus be often recalled to mind, even amid the busy cares of man’s life of work.  God wants His children to appreciate His works and delight in the simple, quiet beauty with which He has adorned our earthly home.  He is a lover of of that which is beautiful, and above all that is outwardly attractive he loves beauty of character; He wants us to cultivate purity and simplicity, the quiet graces of the flowers.  If we would only listen, God’s created works will teach us precious lessons of obedience and trust.  From the stars that in their courses through space follow from age to age their appointed paths, down to the minutest atom, the things of nature obey the Creator’s will.  And God cares for everything and sustains everything that He has created.  He who upholds the unnumbered worlds throughout the immensity of the universe, at the same time cares for the wants of the little brown sparrow that sings its humble song without fear.  When men go forth to their daily labours, as when they engage in prayer when they lie down at night and when they rise in the morning; when the rich man feasts in his palace, or when the poor man gathers his children about the scant offerings of the table, each is tenderly watched by the heavenly Father.  No tears are shed that God does not notice.  It says in the Psalms that He has all of them in a jar!  There is no smile that He does not take notice of.

If we would just truly believe this, all undue anxieties would be dismissed.  Our lives wuld not be so filled with disappointment as now; for everything, whether great or small would be left in the hands of God, who is not perplexed by the multiplicity of cares or overwhelmed by their weight.  We should then enjoy a rest of soul to which many have long been strangers.  As your senses delight in the lovliness of the earth, think of the world that is to come that shall never know the blight of sin and death; where the face of nature will no more wear the shadow of the curse.  Let your imaginations picture the home of the saved, and remember that it will be more glorious than your brightest imagination can portray..  In the varied gifts of God in nature we see but the faintest gleaming of His glory.  It is written “Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man the things which God hath prepared for them that love Him”.

The poet has many things to say about nature, but it is the Christian who enjoys the beauty of the earth with the highest appreciation, because we regonise our Father’s handiwork and perceive His love in flowers and shrubs and trees.  No one can fully appreciate the significance of mountains and valleys, rivers and oceans, but we see them as an expression of God’s love for man.  We know that all of what we see in no ‘accident’.

God speaks to us through His providential workings and through the influence of His Spirit  upon our hearts.  In our circumstances and surroundings, in the changes daily taking place around us, we may find precious lessons if our hearts are but open to discern them.  The psalmist, taking in the fullness of the bounty with which we have  been provided says, “The earth is full of the goodness of the Lord.”  “Whomever is wise, and will observe these things, even they shall understand the loving-kindness of the Lord”.

Yes, for me, the only thing which makes life worthwhile is the knowledge that we are loved with a perfect love.  A love that gave everything to secure our eternal glory.  Yes, I must live in God’s love.  I wouldn’t have it any other way.