Two Rows By the Sea

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They were put to death by stoning; they were sawed in two; they were killed by the sword. They went about in sheepskins and goatskins, destitute, persecuted and mistreated, the world was not worthy of them.” (Hebrews 11:37-38)

I don’t think I will ever read this passage again without seeing in my mind images of men dressed in orange jump suits with black-clad, masked executors behind each one of them. ISIS’s brutal killing of 21 Christian Egyptians in Libya last month for being ‘people of the Cross’ devastated their families and shocked Egypt – and the world.

Two rows of men walked the shore of the sea,
On a day when the world’s tears would run free.
One a row of assassins, who thought they did right,
The other of innocents, true sons of the light.
One holding knives in hands held high,
The other with hands empty, defenseless and tied.
One row of slits to conceal glaring-dead eyes,
The other with living eyes raised to the skies.
One row stood steady, pall-bearers of death,
The other knelt ready, welcoming heaven’s breath.
One row spewed wretched, contemptible threats,
The other spread God-given peace and rest.
A Question… Who fears the other?
The row in orange, watching paradise open?
Or the row in black, with minds evil and broken?

Source – United Bible Societies

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The names of the 21 Christian Martyrs

1- Samuel Ilham Wilson
2- Izzat Boshry Nassif
3- Luqa Nagati
4- Issam Badar Samir
5- Malak Farag Ibrahim
6- Sameh Salah Farouq Manqrowis
7- Gaber Munir Adli
8- Maged Slaiman Shihata
9- Abanub Ayad Attiya
10- Youssef Shokry Younan
11- Hany Abdel Massih Salib
12- Kerollos Boshry Fawzy
13- Milad Makin Zaki
14- Makram Youssef Tawadros
15- Samuel Estefanos Kamel
16- Bishoy Estefanos Kamel
17- Mina Fayez Aziz
18- Malak Ibrahim Tanyut
19- Guirguis Milad Tanyut
20- Bishoy Adel
21- (necunoscut)

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