Indonesia – The mortar rounds landed in an orphanage run by missionaries. The missionaries and one or two children were killed outright, and several more children were wounded, including an eight year old girl. The medical staff who arrived to help realized that the young girl was the most critically injured. Without quick action, she would die from shock and loss of blood. When explained to the other children that a blood transfusion was imperative, the request for a blood donor was met with wide-eyed silence. Then one small hand went up, and a young boy volunteered. He was quickly laid on a pallet, his arm swabbed with alcohol, and the needle inserted into his vein. Through the ordeal, he lay stiff and silent, but continued to sob, which later turned into steady, silent crying. The medical team kept asking if he was hurting, but he would shake his head and continue to cry. After a while, the boy stopped crying, opened his eyes and looked questioningly at the nurse who took the needle out of his arm. A look of great relief spread over his face. The boy had all along thought he was dying. He misunderstood, thinking that he was to give ALL his blood so the little girl could live. And she was his friend. STAND “ONE WITH THEM” Today, visit a local mosque. As a Christian, it is important to love all people, and “all people” includes Muslims. Be a light by showing love for them as God leads you. PRAY “ONE WITH THEM” “Greater love has no one than this that he lay down his life for his friends.” (John 15:13) Holy Spirit, fill us today with this Christ-like love. Amen.
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