As I’ve discovered, for some Christians in Islamic countries, Palm Sunday is the main celebration day. That’s because of generations of regulations aimed at restricting their primary holy day of Easter. I don’t know if that’s the case with Coptic Christians. But it’s a reminder that as horrible as this is, it’s not unique, nor is it new.
I had the pleasure of speaking to several Syrian immigrants today. Apparently they’ve not been able to tell their side of the story because they told it all to me. Not sure what to do with their accounts, which included request for prayers for churches they attended that are gone, loved ones and friends who died horribly, or simply the ages and ages that their communities have lived under the specter of similar periods of oppression and persecution.
All I can say is that my thoughts and prayers go out to them. In all due respect to Walt Disney, it’s actually a large world after all. And nothing they told me today sounded at all like what I hear in our media or from our pols or designated ‘experts.’ I fear someday we Americans are going to be in for a rude awakening. In the meantime, we can at least pray for and remember those whose celebrations were marred by death, and pray that today, those killed will be with Christ in paradise.