Have you ever started a friendship with someone with heart to reach bless them and then discovered you receive the biggest blessing yourself?!
This is the story with my Iraqi friend, Sheima.
We meet through my bus driving job several months ago, but as Sheima opened her heart and home to me, we became fast friends. My heart hurts as my eyes have been opened to the terrible thing the American media has done. It has slowly prejudiced our minds to a truly beautiful culture that they can be. It has created their hijabs and distinctively Mediterranean faces to be synonymous with 9-11. It has tainted our view so we are afraid to build relationships with them. It has convinced us that they are the ultimate evil in the world.
I thank God that He has used my friendship with Sheima to open my eyes to truth.
Truth that Muslims love their beautiful families just like we do.
Truth that they desire a relationship with God just like we do.
Truth that the large majority of them hate the terrorists acts just like we do.
And most of all, truth that they need Jesus in their lives, just like WE do.
And the fact that they barbeque kick-butt chicken and make adorable babies sure doesn't hurt them either!
This was our first summer picnic to celebrate friendship and truth.
Happy Tuesday de la Short Week, lovelies!
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