God’s History in Syria

For those wondering how I decide what to write daily, the criteria is simple; current events with God’s input.

First off, after morning prayers, I read the Church’s daily Liturgy, which always includes three passages.

Today’s decision was easy, as yesterday we learned the Pope was requesting world-wide prayers for Syria.

Right on cue, here’s an excerpt from today’s Gospel, Luke 4, that lit my fire.

The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
because he has anointed me
to bring glad tidings to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim liberty to captives
and recovery of sight to the blind,
to let the oppressed go free,
and to proclaim a year acceptable to the Lord.

Rolling up the scroll,
he handed it back to the attendant and sat down,
and the eyes of all in the synagogue looked intently at him.
He said to them,
“Today this Scripture passage is fulfilled in your hearing.”

Amen, I say to you, no prophet is accepted in his own native place.
Indeed, I tell you, there were many widows in Israel in the days of Elijah
when the sky was closed for three and a half years
and a severe famine spread over the entire land.
It was to none of these that Elijah was sent,
but only to a widow in Zarephath in the land of Sidon.
Again, there were many lepers in Israel
during the time of Elisha the prophet;
yet not one of them was cleansed, but only Naaman the Syrian.

For those who believe the Papacy is too pretentious, please explain Christ’s attitude, as He points to Himself after reading Isaiah 61.

Leaders of The Church need to know who they are.

Maybe it’s a coincidence, maybe not, but the references to Elijah and Elisha, refer to generational blessings.

The current Asaad took over Syria from his father Asaad.

They’re not prophets, and for many, their idea of a blessing would be to others a curse, but the parallels remain.

Also, if you know your Mid-East geography, Sidon is in Lebanon, a close neighbor to Syria.

Whatever side in Syria you’re on, it’s impossible to argue with prayers for peace the from the body of Christ.

Join with Christians everywhere to pray for cleansing in Syria…may God wash them clean so we may say: “Naaman” the Syrian General has been healed.  (The word Naaman is Mid-Eastern slang for a recently bathed child.)



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