Shining with a painful love

Paul Marshall of the Hudson Institute passed along a letter he received from his friend, a Coptic bishop in Egypt. It shows the spirit of the Christians there, as they endure terrible persecution (as we have been blogging about). They aren’t about preserving their Christian culture or taking vengeance or planning violence. They remain focused, through it all, on “painful love,” working forgiveness and praying for their persecutors:

Dear Friends,

Thank you for sharing our difficult time.

We are passing through a dark tunnel of violence, feeling grieve of death and injustice. The light of forgiveness is shining with a painful love. Trying to bring forgiveness and justice together is a big struggle, but we are committed to the love that never fails.

We are hardly pressed on every side, yet not crushed. We are perplexed but not lost, persecuted but not forsaken, struck down but not destroyed. We do not lose heart and continue to work for justice to be fulfilled. We continue to love and declare forgiveness so the peace of God will overshadow all hearts. We continue to work on the healing and support of the innocent victims. And we continue to pray for the victims, for the offenders and for a better future.

Thank you all for your love, care, words and actions to bring justice and forgiveness together.

Bishop Thomas

Bishop Thomas Coptic Orthodox Bishopric
of Elqussia and Mair , Assuit ,Upper Egypt
& Anafora retreat farm Αnαφορα , Cairo , Egypt

About Gene Veith

Professor of Literature at Patrick Henry College, the Director of the Cranach Institute at Concordia Theological Seminary, a columnist for World Magazine and TableTalk, and the author of 18 books on different facets of Christianity & Culture.

  • http://www.utah-lutheran.blogspot.com Bror Erickson

    That is an impressive letter, showing the Christian ethic greatly.

  • http://www.utah-lutheran.blogspot.com Bror Erickson

    That is an impressive letter, showing the Christian ethic greatly.

  • Dennis Peskey

    My prayers are with Bishop Thomas and all Christians who suffer for the sake of the Gospel.
    Pax,
    Dennis

  • Dennis Peskey

    My prayers are with Bishop Thomas and all Christians who suffer for the sake of the Gospel.
    Pax,
    Dennis

  • http://enterthevein.wordpress.com J. Dean

    Amen to the above.

    Makes me realize that we really don’t have it that bad here in America as Christians.

  • http://enterthevein.wordpress.com J. Dean

    Amen to the above.

    Makes me realize that we really don’t have it that bad here in America as Christians.

  • Ken Galvin

    This letter is extraordinarilly humbling. I too will continue to keep these brothers and sisters in prayer.

  • Ken Galvin

    This letter is extraordinarilly humbling. I too will continue to keep these brothers and sisters in prayer.


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