Yesterday I went to a dinner party and was talking with an Iranian woman who moved to the US a few months ago.
She said stress has been taking its toll on her. She's been asking Allah to help her be more loving and forgiving. I told her that I can definitely relate, and I pray to Jesus for the same.
I told her that it really helps me that I keep pictures of my kids right next to my keyboard at work so that, when I am on the phone, which is most of the day, I look at the pics of my kids and I feel myself becoming more patient and loving toward the people I am talking to, because I treat them the way I would want someone else to treat my own kids since all those folks happen to be someone else's kids, even if some of them happen to be older than I am.
Well, her eyes filled with tears. She said she is divorced. Her 2 children were taken from her and are still in Iran with her ex-husband, who she said is full of hate. She said that she always tries to be especially kind to the children she has contact with in hopes that Allah will, in turn, comfort her children with the love and kindness that she cannot give them.
In our long conversation, she also said she reads the Koran and knows that the Bible says the same thing. I told her that I have read both and they honestly do not say the same thing, and as an educated woman, which she is, she should read the Bible too and know what it really says. She agreed and said she would read the Bible.
It was such a nice conversation and both of us thanked each other for it. I was so blessed because my Muslim family has been rejecting what I say for literally decades. It was so nice that she genuinely seemed grateful for the tip about where this beggar has been getting bread and that she would go looking for it, too.
Please pray for her. Her name is Suheila.