Readers Talk to Us Story
Published on June 28th, 2011
Nina F., a 13-year-old American Christian, sent the following poem to The Voice of the Martyrs.
What We Take for Granted
How many times do you mumble a prayer and not think about how many people around the world are getting arrested for doing the same thing you just did?
How many times do you have a time with God in your room and not be thankful that you don’t have to worry about police bursting in any second?
How many times have you sat at church on Sunday and not been thinking of the wonderful opportunity you have to hear God’s word, but of how bored you are?
How many times have you opened your Bible and tried to read it as fast as you could to get it over with, not remembering our persecuted brothers and sisters who don’t have the privilege of owning this precious book?
How many times have you turned on your radio and heard your favorite Christian artist and not been thankful that we have the freedom to make music for God?
How many times have you listened to yet another of your pastor’s sermons and not been glad that radical Muslims aren’t going to come in at any minute to shoot him?
How many times do you talk to people about Jesus and not think about that in other countries it is against the law, penalty of jail time or death, to do that?
And how many times have you forgotten our persecuted brothers and sisters around the world, not remembering to pray for them?
Pray! Remember! Not all Christians are as blessed as you are. God has really opened my eyes to how much I have and to be grateful for it. Think about how God has blessed you. Pray for the persecuted Christians who don’t have the freedom to worship God that you do!