It Could Have Been my Grandson

One of the stories on the evening news yesterday was heartbreaking, about one of the many people fleeing from a hostile situation hoping for a better life in Europe. A Syrian father and husband lost his wife and two little children following the sinking of the vessel they were traveling on. The picture of Aylan washing ashore on a beach in Turkey says more than a thousand words. Someone put it on Facebook and I pass it on (I added the caption).

Let’s pray for the millions of migrants and refugees.


I also want to pass on a message from Franklin Graham, about Kentucky Clerk of Court Kim Davis who stood up for her Christian faith conviction and was sent to jail.

Kentucky Clerk of Court Kim Davis was jailed by a federal judge yesterday because she refused to put her name on marriage certificates for same-sex couples. This ripple effect is exactly what we feared would result from the Supreme Court’s disastrous ruling in June. As Americans, our constitution guarantees religious freedom which means we should be able to live out our faith in our daily lives. Mike Huckabee called this “the criminalization of Christianity.” As Kim fights this battle, she is really fighting for religious freedom for all of us. Let’s continue to pray for her, and that Judge David L. Bunning will have a change of heart.

We each have our burdens to carry, and sometimes we feel overwhelmed, but in the overall picture of what is going on in our world I’m sure we can agree on that many have heavier burdens. Here’s God’s message for the day (Galatians 6:2):

Bear one another’s burdens,

and so fulfill the law of Christ.

The best way to bear the burdens is by prayer. Having listening ears we will hear our Father’s message on what to further do to help and uplift our needy neighbors.

May God bless you continually, and if you feel a heavy burden today, take it to Jesus in prayer. No one understands like Jesus. No one is so near and dear. Take whatever is on your heart to the Lord in prayer!

Pray especially for Aylan’s father, in this moment of great grief, as he has lost his wife and his children!


About kelund

My name is Kerstin Anderas-Lundquist. I was born in Sweden to Per & Brita Anderas, on March 6, 1946. In 1948 we left to begin a missionary life in Chile; in 1956 we moved on to Peru. On May 1, 1969 I married an all-Swedish guy from Karslkrona: Bengt Göran Emanuel Lundquist. God blessed us with two daughters: Eva-Marie Elizabeth and Ruth Carina. We served as missionaries in Peru and Bolivia. In 1988 we moved to the United States to work at Life Publishers in Miami, Florida. I was to assist in developing the line of Sunday School Curriculm in Spanish known as Vida Nueva. I live in Springfield, Missouri, and am retired from work at the Assemblies of God Headquarters. My husband and daughter Eva-Marie have been promoted to Heaven. Carina is married to Thom Cole and they have given me four gourgeous grandchildren, even five (teen-age John). I will be writing about my life, past and present, blended with visions for the future. My deepest desire is to spread the “seed of love”–inspiration to serve God and our neighbors with love and compassion.
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