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Hearing God's song

After getting coming home from an overseas trip, I sometimes have an odd nighttime experience. I will awaken in the pitch-black bedroom to a thrumming sound and a warm weight on my chest. What's going on?

Then it becomes obvious: Our normally aloof family cat, Oliver, has climbed on the bed to make sure I'm home. I can’t see him, but the purring and furry weight make the cat’s presence known.

Can you remember a difficult time when you wished you could feel God’s presence…just as close and comforting as a purring cat?

We recently received the disturbing news that a Rwandan writer friend had to flee to a Kenyan refugee camp due to death threats from corrupt officials at home. Not exactly what this young university graduate in her first job was planning on!

Another African writer friend has taken temporary asylum in the US, far from wife and children, because of death threats in his native Congo. And I can think of other Christian publishers, writers and editors in MAI's network around the world who are passing through hardship, if not the proverbial valley of the shadow of death, and who are crying out to God for strength and peace.

Let’s pray that God will make His presence known to these gifted Christian communicators under fire, and that He will strengthen them to persevere.  May they hear His song--or divine purr, so to speak--as the prophet Zephaniah described.

“The Lord your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing.”

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Owen Salter - June 21, 2010
This is an important reminder that writing can be a subversive and perilous act. Those of us who sit cocooned in safety behind our computers and dare to go occasionally to ''teach'' what we know to others in countries like these had better remember that taking up our advice may for some be a very costly act.
Dawn Jewell - June 11, 2010
John, that is one of my favorite verses. Now I will be reminded of it more frequently when I encounter friendly felines. Thank you!
Owen Salter - June 11, 2010
This reminds us that writing can be subversive and perilous. Those of us who sit cocooned in safety behind our computers and occasionally come out to ''teach'' others about our craft need to remember that, for some, to follow our advice is no light matter.
Eva Kriatiaman - June 11, 2010
Indeed. Many thanks for thinking of us... I can hear He is singing ... softly and tenderly... and I find rest in Him who comforts me.

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