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Saturday, November 15, 2008

Because of Love

She was sixteen, a gentle thing. She came to know the One who loved her more than life. From that moment on she chose to follow Him, this one name Christ. But there was a problem. She had to tell her parents of this love. They were Muslims living in the Middle East and Islam does not allow for such a love, has never known such love and cannot comprehend it.

Her parents thought that they could beat it out of her, this love that gripped her soul. They tried. They kept her in her room for days, starving her between the beatings. But she would not recant – for she knew a love far greater than the temporary pain. And then she died.

Why did they kill her? Because of hate. Why did she not succumb and renounce her Christ? Because of love. Scream, abuse, deride, condemn – it is all for naught if Christ’s love has firmly gripped a heart. Love is the great combater and the tyrants of this world well know it . . . Christ is their greatest fear.

Artwork: St. Veronica by Paul Delaroche


  1. Great post, Stacey! :-)

  2. Thank you. This is a true story that happened only 2 years ago in Iran.

  3. You are welcome. There are certainly many similar and true stories from all over the world.

  4. I have heard of all the fires in California. I hope you and your family are ok.

  5. We are in N. California, the fires are in S. Ca. All are well, thanks.

  6. I'm glad that you all are okay.

  7. And just now in the news, a year later, we've heard of Rifka's love for Jesus that caused her to flee. Tyrants do fear Love. Perfect Love casts out fear, but only if we seek Him, and ask Him to do so. The proud he will not hear. Only the humble and contrite.