My Friend Jesus

Don’t face trouble or sorrow alone.

Take it to the Lord in prayer;
in his arms he’ll take and shield you,
you will find a solace there.*

Jesus has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows (Isaiah 53:4).
The Lord is my steadfast love . . . my shield (Psalm 144:2).

*adapted from What a Friend We Have in Jesus by Joseph Scriven.

A Personal Note from a Persecuted Brother

We recently heard about Abdullah who was put in prison for his faith in Jesus. He lost his family, his home, and his job because he chose to believe, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life (John 3:16).”

He sent us this message: “Tell the churches in America that I am praying for them.”

Thank you, dear brother. We are inspired by your story and encouraged by your prayers.

Keep Watch and Pray!

It was night when Jesus and his disciples went to the Garden of Gethsemane to pray. The disciples fell asleep.  Jesus asked them, “Couldn’t you watch with me even one hour? Keep watch and pray (Matthew 36:40).”

It was a bright sunny day when we visited the Garden of Gethsemane. I imagined Jesus asking me, “Could you watch with me one hour? Keep watch and pray.” IMG_9236 2Watch and pray . . . the spirit is willing, but the body is weak (Matthew 26:41).”