Vicar’s thought for 8th Sept 2019
A couple of years ago, some of us had the privilege of being in the same room as an older North Korean Christian woman who had finally escaped from her country. She had been through unimaginable suffering for being a Christian – imprisoned, made to stand naked in the freezing cold all day, and many other tortures. At the end of that freezing day, she heard her Lord say to her, “My dear woman, you have suffered all that for me, you are precious beyond measure”. I might have said, “Well, thanks for that Lord, if I were that precious might you not have saved me from this freezing day?!” But no, she just radiated a simple beauty, joy and thankfulness. In fact she was like a bit like a child, laughing as she freely ran around taking pictures of us all worshipping! St Peter wrote, ‘It is no shame to suffer for being a Christian. Praise God for the privilege of being called by his name!’  You see we are bearers of His glory, His Name. Let us too keep walking faithfully, listening out for our dear Lord’s voice through it all. For as Jesus said, “No one can snatch them away from me, for my Father has given them to me, and he is more powerful than anyone else.”  We cannot see these things, do more than occasionally glimpse the glory, but we bear the name of the one true Messiah.
 1 Peter 4.16  John 10.28-29