The tragedy of the persecuted is immeasurably increased when they are forgotten. It is one thing to suffer, but it is another thing to suffer alone. While we know that God will never leave us nor forsake us, it is vital to remember those in chains as if we were there with them. As DiCianni shows by including the angel holding the torch, Heaven has not forgotten those who are persecuted for the sake of their Savior.
There is much we can do for our persecuted brothers and sisters in Christ. Some can go and wash their feet while others can be the means by which their mercy is carried. All of us can be a voice crying loudly, first to God and then to their persecutors. Oh, what a sweet sound I imagine it would be to those who sit in dark prisons to hear their names mentioned. I believe their chains would not be so heavy nor their nights so dark, and it may even shorten the distance between Earth and Heaven which, in reality, is what their soul truly longs for.
There is bravery in suffering for the cause of Christ, for those who suffer are following in His steps.
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