five minute friday: break

Tonight my heart is breaking for a friend of mine, whose husband is going to pass away soon. Although we know he will soon be with Jesus in eternal glory, watching him suffer from the aggressive cancer and final goodbyes are hard. So hard.

Last night I went to listen to a speaker from Open Doors, who talked on Christian persecution in the Middle East. Watching the video where Christians who had been persecuted in Iraq, Syria and Egypt spoke and imagining myself in the situations they spoke of- my heart just broke for them.

Sometimes I think I might be a little overly sensitive. Then I stop myself.

No, God wants our hearts to break for the things that break His. He doesn’t want us to become indifferent. He wants us to empathise with our brothers and sisters in Christ as if we were the one suffering.

Break our hearts, Lord, for the things that break yours. Let us learn to see others and love them like You do.


4 thoughts on “five minute friday: break

  1. Thank you, Simone for this. It’s so important for us to reach beyond our own bubble and connect with the sufferings of others. Lifting up prayers for precious Zoe and the whole family! (visiting from FMF)

  2. Simone, as hard as it is, may our hearts remain tender & compassionate towards those around us. The world can be so hard & insensitive. May the Lord be with your friend & her family. Glad to be your neighbor this morning at FMF. Blessings!

  3. I just read this morning a side bar in my Bible study workbook…a quote by Elie Wiesel, a German concentration camp survivor and Nobel Peace Prize winner this quote: “the opposite of love is not hate; it’s indifference.” Your sensitivity, like mine, and like our Lord’s is not a detriment…it is a gift. A gift that we give of our heart, prayers, and actions to LOVE on others and empathize with what they are going through. Friends dying…strangers dying…not easy to process. I pray your friend enters the heavenly kingdom peacefully, and your friends’ family is able to process the pain as you pray and love on them too. May the rainbow remind us of God’s love…and light. Jenn, FMF linker

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