For Saeed

winter, february 7th, 2013 006

They hurled insults, and spat on you.

They laughed – said that you’re mad.

They beat and kicked you in your face,

Then left and hoped you’re dead.

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They said you must deny your God.

Then beat you till you would.

They tried to take your hope and faith,

But strong in Christ you stood.

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Oh, God help Him to stand the trial.

Help me to pray for him –

my brother – who so needs you now,

and them – who’re blind to sin.

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Hebrews 13:3 says “Remember those who are in prison, as though in prison with them, and those who are mistreated, since you also are in the body.”

(Will you please pray for Saeed Abadini, an American Pastor who went to Iran to help with an orphanage. He is now at Evin Prison in Iran. We know he is being tortured there for His faith. If you like, you can find out more here … Information about Pastor Saeed)

Thank you …

About Heidi Viars

“If you look for truth, you may find comfort in the end; if you look for comfort you will not get either comfort or truth ...” ― C.S. Lewis ..... In my pursuit of self, I found utter darkness. In my pursuit of truth, I found Jesus, who dispelled the darkness by His forgiveness. Now I follow Him and try to understand Him better. I am a wife, mother of 6, blogger and love taking photographs of sunrises.
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19 Responses to For Saeed

  1. Heidi Viars says:

    Thank you, Cheryl, for asking … you are more than welcome to re-blog 🙂 I would feel honored.
    Blessings to you today!

  2. cshowers says:

    Heidi,

    May I reblog this so that those who follow my blog will also join in prayer for Saeed? I wrote about his imprisonment in January, before the ordeal with my mother, and sadly, because of my mothers illness, I haven’t followed up on it. I can and will write again about this, but the poem God gave you is anointed, and it speaks volumes. I will not reblog without your permission.

    Many blessings,
    Cheryl

  3. Heidi Viars says:

    I know God hears the prayers for the ones who are in prison for HIM. May He strengthen them and give them His light in those dark places … Thanks for caring and praying

  4. theywhoseek says:

    Thank you for the reminder to keep Saeed and his family in our prayers. As I sit in my cushy chair in my warm home . . . I must not forget those saints who are in tiny cages, in cold cells all for the sake of loving our Lord. God bless you Heidi.

  5. Thank you, Heidi, for sending out word for us to pray. This is so sad and so common in some parts of the world. It might be our turn next. I wrote down his name and will add it to my prayer list.

    Blessings to all God’s people ~ Wendy

    • Heidi Viars says:

      yes… may God give us strength to stand the trials that are ahead of us … thanks, Wendy … you are a blessing! (the Lord put you on my heart this morning to pray for, sister) …

  6. melodylowes says:

    My heart hurts for this man, and for so many, many others whose faith is tested beyond endurance. Rest assured that our God will use this man to make bold steps into building His kingdom – his sacrifices will not be wasted! They are a beautiful offering…

  7. Dear Heidi,
    I just finished watching the video and it brought tears to my eyes. It was very heart wrenching and Saeed’s story is one that is common to Christians within the Middle East, Africa and Asia. Thank you my dear friend for this beautiful story which I will endeavour to share with my fellow Christians. This brings to mind the parable of the sower, but i rejoice together in sadness at the fact that Saeed represents the seed that felt on good ground, in the parable of the sower.
    Gott segnet Sie

    • Heidi Viars says:

      Dearest Konstantine,
      Thank your for these truth-filled comments and for your compassion and heart toward God’s people and the Gospel. Thank you for taking the time to check out Saeed’s story. He has a wife and children here in the U.S. and I can’t imagine the heartache and pain they are experiencing as well.
      One thing about Saeed’s story struck me in my core, the fact that his persecutors told him that none of his Christian brothers and sisters care. They used this to demoralize him. Maybe that is why our Father knew Hebrews 13:3 needed to be in the Bible. While praying and thinking about Saeed might look like a small thing to do, I know it will bring his heart encouragement and strength.
      Oh, that I would find that kind of strength when confronted with persecution … and be the salt and light God made me to be. I pray to that end!
      Thanks again, dear Brother… you are a blessing!

  8. Dear Heidi,

    This story both saddens and brings me joy. The sadness comes from the physical and mental anguish that Saeed is experiencing at the hands of his tormentors, whereas the joy comes from the strength and love that sustains him as he bears witness to Christ Jesus by the grace of The Holy Spirit. May God bless and sustain Saeed, so that his testimony may reflect God’s amazing grace and bear witness to His amazing love. His story is so common as reported by Barnabas Fund, an organisation supported by my parish.

    I will keep this beautiful man in my prayers.

    Luke 9:23-24

    Take Up the Cross and Follow Him

    Then He said to them all, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will save it.

    Matthew 10:32-33

    “Therefore whoever confesses Me before men, him I will also confess before My Father who is in heaven. But whoever denies Me before men, him I will also deny before My Father who is in heaven.

  9. Debbie says:

    Thank you for helping us pray . . your poem was perfect! God bless you!

  10. Ann says:

    Thank you, Lord, that you are with Saeed even now and thank you for setting him free. Comfort and encourage him and his loved ones. In Jesus’ name

  11. Amen Heidi. Lord set Saeed free. Shake the prison like you did in Acts and send him an Angel to deliver him home safely, in Jesus’ Name.

  12. Kevin says:

    I will pray for him.

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