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Standing Strong Through the Storm - May 14

  • 2016 May 14


“In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.”    1 Peter 1:6-7

Christian singer, Helen Berhane was arrested for sharing her faith in her home country of Eritrea. She spent almost three years in prison, much of this time in a metal shipping container. Because she would not deny her faith or stop sharing her faith, she was beaten so severely she could not walk. During her time in the containers she wrote new Christian songs and spent her time encouraging other Christian prisoners, as well as witnessing to the prison guards.

After her release, she resettled in Europe and has written her prison memoirs in a small book titled, Song of the Nightingale. In the introduction when describing her feelings inside the shipping container prison, she writes, “Sometimes I cannot believe that this is my life—these four metal walls, all of us corralled like cattle, the pain, the hunger, the fear. All because of my belief in a God who is risen, who charges me to share my faith with those who do not yet know him. A God who I am forbidden to worship. I think back to a question I have been asked many times over my months in prison. “Is your faith worth this, Helen?” As the guards continue on their rounds, I whisper the answer: “Yes.”

RESPONSE:  Today I will accept suffering as something that can prove and purify my faith.

PRAYER:  Lord, thank you for those trials and challenges that help me be more like You. You are worth it all and more!

STANDING STRONG THROUGH THE STORM (SSTS) -A daily devotional message by Paul Estabrooks
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“When the storm has swept by, the wicked are gone, but the righteous stand firm forever.” Proverbs 10:25

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