Who’s to say God hasn’t got an army of angel unicorns ready and waiting to rescue and assist!
T drew her angel unicorn as an encouraging picture for a Christian under persecution – it’s quite another story that she then wouldn’t part with it to be posted & brought it home instead! I can see how angel unicorns would be the very best encouragement – T loves all things my little pony at the moment, and lets face it a flying magical unicorn is just about the most helpful, powerful & rescuing thing in that world… so an angel unicorn must be the very best angels God has to send and sort things out!
We were thinking about the story of Daniel in the Lion’s den at our church junior club, BLAST, last night, and how God sent his angel to keep Daniel safe. One of the activities was to write letters of encouragement to Christians living in places where it’s risky and dangerous, or not allowed to live out your faith as a follower of Jesus.
It is hard sometimes to connect with the reality of that, living here; hard to know where to begin praying, hoping & standing with people in such different and such desperate circumstances. We read some stories of real people with the kids, and thought together about what we knew about God that would be encouraging and important to remember.
“he’s always with you”
“he can hear absolutely everyone (at the same time!)”
“he can help”
“he can save people when they are in trouble”
“he loves everyone”
At our first ‘One church’ (our service where we all learn alongside & from each other, inter-generational worship) service of the year we thought about Christians living under persecution, and ordered some resources from Open Doors for families to take away to learn more, and to help us pray. They include a story of a persecuted Christian, written and illustrated in an appropriate and accessible way, and lots of ideas of prayer-full activities to do together and also
Here’s T & I using the prayer map game – I’m sorry to say that T loves my camera so much that most of the filming is done by her!!
‘Be prepared. You’re up against far more than you can handle on your own. Take all the help you can get, every weapon God has issued, so that when it’s all over but the shouting you’ll still be on your feet. Truth, righteousness, peace, faith, and salvation are more than words. Learn how to apply them. You’ll need them throughout your life. God’s Word is an indispensable weapon. In the same way, prayer is essential in this ongoing warfare. Pray hard and long. Pray for your brothers and sisters. Keep your eyes open. Keep each other’s spirits up so that no one falls behind or drops out’.
From Ephesians 6 (MSG)