Miriam and her family lived in Syria. Like most people in Syria, Miriam was raised as a Muslim. But when she was 13, she found a Bible in her older sister’s backpack. Her sister, she later discovered, was a secret Christian.
Miriam read her sister’s Bible and found the answers to many of her questions about life. Like her sister, she decided to follow Christ. But unlike her sister, she could not keep her new faith a secret. She talked to her friends at school, and she brought one friend a Bible. “I wanted her to know God, to know Jesus, like me,” she said.
But school officials searched Miriam’s backpack and found her Bible. They called her father and told him, “Your daughter must not give Bibles to anyone.”
As punishment, Miriam’s father burned all her belongings. He and Miriam’s mother spoke roughly to her and treated her harshly. Eighteen years later, they are still rude and harsh with her.
But Miriam said, “God has freed me from bitterness toward them….I love my parents. I reject the things they do. I share my faith with them. I believe the Scripture that says, ‘You and your family will be saved.’ That is what I’m holding on to. I am in tears praying for them. This is my faith. If I don’t love them my faith in Christ would be very shallow.”
To Do and To Talk About
• How did Miriam’s parents find out she had become a Christian?
• Miriam said, “If I don’t love them my faith in Christ would be very shallow.” What did she mean by that?
• Would you join Miriam in praying that her brother and parents will come to know Jesus?