Musings of a Recovering Lutheran: January 2018
I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, 

Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?

Then said I, Here am I; send me.

Isaiah 6:8 (KJV)

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Today's verse

For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.

Romans 3:23 (KJV)

Monday, January 15, 2018

I have a dream

Reading list

Sally Scott of the WAVES, by Roy J. Snell, Hedwig Jo Meixner.

Today's verse

He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength.

Isaiah 40:29 (KJV)

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Today's verse

The Lord is slow to anger, and great in power, and will not at all acquit the wicked: the Lord hath his way in the whirlwind and in the storm, and the clouds are the dust of his feet.

Nahum 1:3 (KJV)

Friday, January 05, 2018

Reading list

Bosom Friends, by Angela Brazil.

Today's verse

The voice of the Lord is upon the waters: the God of glory thundereth: the Lord is upon many waters.

Psalm 29:3 (KJV)

Monday, January 01, 2018

Update on Asia Bibi

Nasir Saeed writes about blasphemy laws.

Key quote:

A Christian prisoner, Qamar David, who was serving a life sentence for blasphemy died a year after his custodial term began, despite being considered to be in good health. Though, in this case, it must be noted that he had spent some four years in pre-trial detention; in a ‘Christian only’ block.

Sadly, his is not a lone case. Many variations exist. There was Ranjha Masih, another Christian man charged with blasphemy back in 2003. Though he was acquitted after eight years – here, again, it is pertinent to note he had spent five additional years in pre-trial detention, bringing the total number of years spent in prison to 14. Yet only his physical being gained freedom; his mind remained mentally unstable before he died a few years later. Then there is Asia Bibi, yet another Christian inmate. She was arrested back in 2009 and sentenced to life imprisonment a year later. It has been reported that she has spent the last three years in solitary confinement where no one – neither her husband nor her five children – has been allowed to meet her during this time. The bitterest irony is that while almost the whole world knows her name she is not permitted to speak to anyone. And no one knows if she will ever get life back.

Pakistan’s blasphemy laws have even been deliberately misused to target the vulnerable, such as Rimsha Masih who was said to have suffered mental health issues that effectively placed her at an even younger age than her estimated 14 years at the time of her arrest. There is also Asif Masih. And so the list goes on.

Read Asia Bibi's own words.

For those who do not know who she is, here is the story about Asia Bibi's unjust imprisonment and death sentence for "blasphemy" against the Prophet Muhammad.

Please pray for Asia Bibi and her family. Also, please pray for those who are risking their lives to free her.

Reading list

There's a Boy in Here, by Judy & Sean Barron.

Today's verse

For a thousand years in thy sight are but as yesterday when it is past, and as a watch in the night.

Psalm 90:4 (KJV)