…you are the light of the world… Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven. Matt. 5:14, 16

God often has strange ways of answering prayer. Pastor Sayeed prayed that God would allow him to be a witness in some of the darkest places in the world, and he wound up in an abysmal prison where cruelty and torture are the norm. It’s been reported that this godly man has suffered greatly as he serves time for a trumped-up charge.

What remarkable stories of grace and salvation will emerge from this adversity? What is God doing in the secret places of the hearts of the men who are Sayeed’s daily companions? As his family works for his release, we can join their prayers for protection and for God’s love and abundant grace to work in and through his willing servant who prayed to be a witness in a dark place in the world.

May Sayeed’s example encourage us as we question the circumstances of our own lives. May we also fearlessly offer ourselves as light in dark places.

Father, open our eyes to the opportunities you provide every day. May our lights shine, and may your love be poured out through us. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Author: mcurry09

Marthe Curry is director of the World Missions Department of her diocese in Texas. In that capacity, she frequently travels internationally to empower individuals and communities in discipleship and development. She loves to teach, write, and garden. Marthe has a Ph.D. from the University of the Incarnate Word. She has two children, grandchildren, two dogs, and lives in San Antonio. She looks forward to your comments and questions.

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