356 Nigerian soldiers have opted out of being a soldier, citing “loss of interest” as their reason. Many more have simply abandoned their duties, throwing away their military uniforms and running off. This poem is written to those men and women who are tempted to leave the Nigerian army when they seemingly needed the most. Please pray that these men and women would not give up in the face of such extreme adversity as Boko Haram and other militant groups (source). May Jesus be their inspiration, as He did all that He did for the joy set before Him: saving us.
You feel done,
and all you want to do is cry.
You’ve never faced anything
like this before.
They’re coming at you from all sides
and your life is in danger,
as evidenced by your heavy breathing
and scrapes and bruises.
Your friends have abandoned the cause,
took off their military garb
and walked off…
And now you want to, as well.
This is the breaking point.
Please, my friend,
under the pressure.
Don’t let tears
muddle your sight of the situation,
nor your pounding heartbeat scare you into running away.
What will you do?
You have a choice,
you have a voice.
All I am asking is this:
Don’t. Give. Up.
(c) 2020 Annalee Hoover
Do you know Jesus?
Jesus did not quit His Mission in the face of death– dying for you and I. Learn more about His mission and why He died for us, here.
Please pray for…
- The Nigerian military. That their morale would increase, even as new enemies try to shoot it down.
- Those living in areas of unrest. For their safety.
- For an end to the Boko Haram and Fulani Herdsmen insurgencies.
As you celebrate America’s national recognition of the liberation of slaves, please think of and pray for those still held in bondage all over the world, especially in Nigeria.
Do you know Jesus?
Jesus is the Savior of every person that will call on His Name. Learn more about Him, and just how He saves us, here.
“Good and gracious God, you invite us to recognize and reverence your divine image and likeness in our neighbor. Enable us to see the reality of racism and free us to challenge and uproot it from our society, our world and ourselves. Amen”
– Taken from Timberline Church on Facebook
Today has been a hard day.
I am asking you to please pray with me for Jesus to bring justice where justice is due, especially in the case of Ahmaud Arbery.
This case is beyond horrific… it can make one’s blood boil.
There’s no doubt about it; life is full of pain, injustice, and chaos. This time, it was racial violence.
But though this life is full of pain, we can look to eternity: where Christ “…will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the former things have passed away” (Revelation 21:4).
May there be JUSTICE for Ahmaud and his family. May there be healing and truth. Most of all, may Jesus come back soon.
***This post is in tribute to Ahmaud Arbery and his family. May Jesus hold them all during this time.***
Heaven is a real place. Where are you going after this life? Learn more about Jesus and His Good News here.
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