Gaber Munir Adly’s martyrdom gives insight into the importance of life-long habits, understandings, traditions and the repetition of core truth.
From my childhood my parents encouraged the singing of truth with frequency and repetition. I think I have sung “There is power, power, wonder working power in the blood of the Lamb” at least ten thousand times. It is possible that every cell in my body has been imprinted with this truth.
Gaber’s murder brings to mind several of these deeply held truths that are so easily dissected from daily living:
- “This world is not my home, I’m just a passing through. My treasures are laid up somewhere beyond the blue. The angels beckon me from heaven’s open door and I can’t feel at home in the world any more.
- On Jordan’s stormy banks I stand and cast a wishful eye to Canaan’s fair and happy land where my possessions lie. I am bound for the promised land, I am bound for the promised land, oh, who would come and go with me? I am bound for the promised land.
- He’s all I need. He’s all I need. Jesus is all I need.
- I love thee in life. I will love thee in death. And praise thee as long as thou lendeth me breath. I’ll say when the death dew lies cold on my brow, If ever I loved thee, my Jesus tis now.”
Gaber Munir Adly’s beheading for his faith in Jesus and total trust in the cross of Christ forces me to see the gap between my deeply held convictions and my day to day decisions.
Why do I live as if this world is my home? Why do I say that Jesus is all I need and then pursue so many other things?
Almighty God, thank you for your son, Gaber Munir Adly. His life and death is much like a microscope that forces me to see the lack of cohesive unity between my convictions and my decisions.
I repent of the separation of faith and life, belief and behavior and doctrine and decision that exists within me.
Create in me a fully integrated, harmonious, and unified being.
Thank you that Gaber’s death brings forth life in me.
Comfort all who mourn today.