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France – anguish

December 2015

The day after the IS attacks in Paris, Evangelical Times received this email from a French Christian, which we publish here in full:

Dear friends, today we want to weep with those who weep. We express our condolences to the bereaved families. This nightmarish weekend in Paris killed more than 125 people; people who have a family; people created in the image of God; people whose life counts in God’s eyes, and whose life must count for us.

We want to pray for those who suffer the loss of a loved one. We want to pray for them to find their consolation in God. Islamist extremism, whatever its roots, must be fought in prayer, love and the power of our Christian witness.

Let us not be paralysed by fear or animated by hatred, at a time when assumptions and speculation of all kinds are counter-productive and dangerous.

The terrorists want to put France on her knees; they will only succeed in putting Christians on their knees in prayer for France. Pray then for France and also pray for our enemies.

Our Lord invites us to do so, and it is he who is able to transform evil into good, by opening the eyes and hearts of all those who do not yet know him.

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