In the Middle East

Egypt (the land of Moses freeing the slaves, land of Jesus’ protection from the Roman governor, land of very early Christianity, and of concentrated Presbyterian missions for almost 200 years) is the focus of our world news this week.

Not only is Egypt pivotal for democracy to seek a foothold beyond Israel in the Middle East, not only is Egypt a keystone to making peace in the Middle East—Egypt is the home of hundreds of thousands of Christians whose churches are getting bombed, burned, and blown up by Islamists daily.

Let us pray for God’s protection for our Christian brothers and sisters who are being singled out for death and destruction.

~Pastor Paul Watermulder

The Two Daughters of Hope

Anger and CourageThis week’s reading about Christians in the Middle East brought me across this little quote from St. Augustine:

“Hope has two beautiful daughters: their names are anger and courage. Anger that things are the way they are. Courage to make them the way they ought to be.” 

May we give prayer concerning our relationship to these two daughters of hope!

~Pastor Paul Watermulder