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An Odd Thanksgiving Prayer


I got this email today from Dr Allen Hunt and am compelled to make sure as many see it as possible:

Youcef Nadarkhani sits in a prison cell in Iran. He is 34 years old. His crime? He is a Christian pastor. It continues to appear that Youcef may well be executed for his refusal to revert to Islam. For months, authorities have worked to force him to renounce his Christian faith and relinquish his ministry.
This past Sunday, on the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted, I prayed for Youcef. And for others like him in a world where 75% of persons enduring religious persecution right now are doing so because of their Christian beliefs. Earlier this week, in Damatru, Nigeria, about 150 persons were executed when they refused to renounce Christianity and embrace Islam.
O Lord, forgive my self-centeredness as Thanksgiving approaches. Forgive my lack of gratitude for liberty, physical comfort, and democracy. Embrace those who are suffering in your name and hold them close. Let them know that others stand with them. Most importantly, you stand with them. Amen.
Grace and Peace,


Emails from Allen (10052011)


I admit it. I was glued to the television as Amanda Knox heard the news that she would be freed from Italian prison. Not guilty. Her reaction was rivaled only by the look she had as she boarded the plane to head home to America. That look of relief, joy, and delight could only be matched by a child at Christmas. Or a cancer patient who just got good news.

My friend, Jack, has fought cancer for two years now. 3 major surgeries, nearly 40 chemo treatments. And he received the news this week that his scan shows an all-clear. At least for the next two months, no more chemo, no more exhaustion. When I saw him yesterday, his face shone like Amanda Knox’s.

Amanda and Jack have both learned a lesson that most humans fail to grasp on a day to day basis. We rarely remember this unless we suffer. Too often, our busy-ness in life causes us to take the most valuable lesson for granted. Here it is: Life is precious. It is a gift. Savor and enjoy each moment. Embrace the people around you. Because you never know when your freedom, your health, or your life might disappear.

Here’s to Amanda and Jack. May they both enjoy the coming days with glee. Through their suffering, they’ve earned it.

Grace and Peace,


Emails from Allen (9/27/11)

Christoper Columbus arrives in America

Image via Wikipedia

It’s been a stormy 10 years – an attack on our mainland, 2 wars with pain and sacrifice, an economic recession and an economic crash, and a lot of good people looking for work. In storms, it’s easy to face each day with real fear. That’s where Christopher Columbus comes in.
Each morning on the Santa Maria in 1492 began the same way as the ship bobbed its way to America‘s shores. The ocean was the zone from which many people never returned, a place of fear. So Columbus managed the first minutes of each day in the same way. The clear, crisp voice of a young sailor would pierce the sea air each morning, singing these words
Blessed be the light of day
And the Holy Cross we say
And the Lord of Verite (Truth)
And the Holy Trinity
Blessed be the immortal soul
And the Lord who keeps it whole
Blessed be the light of day
and He who sends the night away
Christopher Columbus and his crew were doing a lot of traveling into uncharted waters, and they began each day with, “Thank you.” That is what these words are. Thank you. Gratitude. Because when you say thanks, or think thanks, or burst into a song of thanks like the little guy on the deck 500 years ago, no other thinking is possible. There’s no room for grim thoughts that weaken your resolve. Gratitude makes no room for the negative. Say thanks for the day, and you will not only get through it; you just might triumph over it. It worked for Columbus. Here’s to thankful sailing.

Grace and Peace,