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17th November 2023

Christians from the Holy Land are sharing a powerful worship song as a prayer for their war-ravaged homeland. It was shown on the SAT‑7 ARABIC program Today not Tomorrow as part of a special episode about the conflict in the Holy Land, and it is being played on local radio stations there – giving hope to all who hear it.

“Bless My Country” was produced by the Palestinian Bible Society back in 2015, involving Christians from churches and choirs in different places. It is being shared again now as a prayer for God’s grace, peace, and blessing on the land in the midst of the devastating crisis.

“Our role as Christians is to be salt and light, to be tools in the hands of God… That’s our faith: to be like Christ during difficult circumstances,” Elias El–Najjar, from the Palestinian Bible Society, told Today not Tomorrow. He added, “Pray for the future generations in the Holy Land so they would have maturity, faith, steadfastness, and effectiveness.”

The video for “Bless My Country” showcases the beauty of the land as well as its Christian presence. The song was originally written by the Better Life worship team in Egypt about their own country and has been adapted by Christians in the Holy Land. It is an inspiring declaration of faith, opening with a reminder of who God is: “Whatever the situation, You who separated the seas are mighty. No matter how dark it is on earth, heaven is full of light.”

It then moves into prayers for the Church in the Holy Land and for all people living there: “Our churches need You. With Your love we remove hatred. Let Your Gospel be in my land, that we may live in faith…

“The people of Your birth country need You. They need your resurrection. We are a branch, and You are the vine. We are Your people, and You are the shepherd. Extend Your staff and comfort, and fill my country with Your Holy Spirit. Bless my country… bless my country.”

Loss and Hardship

Other guests on Today not Tomorrow shared personal stories of how they and their families have been impacted by the Holy Land conflict.

Sherine Awad, Director of Bethlehem Bible College, told how she lost her aunt in the blast at St. Porphyrius Church on October 19. “My aunt was a leader. She was a school principal. She was a churchgoer and always ready to meet Jesus. She is in a better place, but it was difficult for us to accept.

“My other aunt is injured, and she is still in the hospital. How do you feel knowing that people you love are hurt? We all feel sad for anyone [who is] hurt either in Gaza or anywhere else… Every person is a human and created in the image of God.”

In a voice message sent to the program, a woman from Bethlehem explained how her family has been affected by the war. “We rely mostly on tourism here in Bethlehem. My family and I work in the tourism industry, and now we are out of work. There’s no source of income. The country is closed. We can’t even leave Bethlehem. All cities are affected economically by the war. We ask for prayer for peace and for the war to stop.”

Please Pray

 

 

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