Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 5.2.18

Reflecting back on a message I shared on May 2, 2011. With all that is going on in this country and around the world, I needed to read and embrace this message.

I hope that it helps someone else feel a level of calm in all of this chaos that is brewing and boiling over. Please note that I’ve modified it to align with current standards and formatting. Thank you.

Scripture

When you hear of wars and rumors of wars, do not be alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be earthquakes in various places, and famines. These are the beginning of birth pains.

Mark 13:7-8

Reflection

People ignore the fact that Osama Bin Laden killed ALL people including Muslims in the name of Allah- God- our Father- yet people focus on religion and not on the inhumanity of what this man did to all people including his own. They believe this to be a religious war of Muslims against Christians and Jews, when this was simply a political war. Just like Gaddafi and Hussein, Osama Bin Laden was not a holy man fighting in God’s name; he was a hurt man fighting for and in his name because of his pride, ego, and resentment of those who he perceived were taking advantage of him and his people. He was tired of the powers-that-be gaining wealth off of his country’s natural resources; he was tired of imperialism taking place in his and neighboring countries by westerners and that other nations were pimping his people for their benefit- but he went about it the wrong way.

Bin Laden just like Hussein had political issues with others, especially the western world and more specifically the United States just like Timothy Mcveigh, Terry Nichols and Michael Fortier (Oklahoma City bombers) were enraged by the acts of the U.S. government- and they all lashed out using fear and hate to get a message across to the government.

Bin Laden used fear and internal pain to address his concerns. He used God as the motivation to instill fear, unite other hurt and disenfranchised people against the world and against other Muslims who did not follow their beliefs; and he twisted God’s words, the words of the Koran to serve his mission to inflict pain on everyone and anyone he felt deserved it. Osama Bin Laden was a political extremist who used the facade of religion to instill fear in the world. Anyone who has ever read all or part of the Koran knows that the lies he was spouting were not of the Koran- but of his hurt heart and twisted mind that had grown sicker as the “enemy” planted more seeds of fear inside of him.

So as you may celebrate the conquering of a fear monger, of a murderer of thousands- you should also stop to pray for all religious, political, and ethnic communities worldwide because if we do not learn to come together and find healthier ways to work out our differences we will be the reason the world comes to an end. If we find it in our hearts to celebrate the death of another human being, we have that same darkness in us that was in him, Hussein, and what we also believe to be in Gaddafi- it’s just waiting to grow and take over.

We should pray and be thankful for victory over evil- but not be narrowly focused on individuals because this is not about one or two or twenty or even two thousand men this is about the evil that has plagued all nations, all religions, all people since the beginning of time. Evil can’t be labeled and categorized to one group of people because it can seep into each and every one of us if our guards are down and our faith is not strong. So pray, be humble and show grace during these times.

Prayer

Father I am torn because in my heart there is love for all mankind, yet there is a part of me that serves as protector of mankind that believes in standing up to forces of hate and evil who take the lives of your innocent children. Father I pray for the innocent family members of Osama Bin Laden, Suddam Hussein, and Muammar al-Gaddafi who never sought harm to anyone, who sat by silently in shame and in fear too afraid to do or say anything. I pray for the small children whose minds were being brainwashed into hating other people because they were of a different faith, ethnicity and nationality.

I pray for them just as I pray for those Americans and others who have fear and hate in their hearts against Muslims and others who are non-Christian and don’t share the same ethnicity or nationality.

Cleanse their hearts Lord. Heal them from their pain and affliction. I know what Your Word says Father. You spoke of this thousands of years ago and what was relevant then is clearly relevant now as nation attacks nation, kingdom against kingdom, and earthquakes and famines disrupt, cripple, and take the lives of millions. In Your holy name I pray for peace Father. Amen.

Have a blessed day family. Be mindful of your heart, thoughts, and the words that you speak. There is great power that you possess. It can heal and it can harm. Choose to heal.

I love you all,

Natasha

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4 thoughts on “Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 5.2.18

  1. A heartfelt message. Personally, I choose faith over fear! I choose love over hate! This is a mindful message, because when you see christians yelling for justice, you wonder do they want they same justice. Cause we all have received mercy. If this was your child what would you scream. Would it be okay, to torture your child for information?
    You are accurate in there is evil in the world, there is no nation without it. There is also love in the world and there is no nation without it? So we pray and individually try to do the right thing with the mercy we have received that abounds much through the LOVE, our creator operates out of.
    Thank you for a timely message and reminder.

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