Two Rows by the Sea

Do you remember the beheading on February 15th of 21 Coptic Christians on a beach in Libya?
As members of the Islamic State sliced away at their throats with knives—in the name of Allah - the 21 Christians refused to deny their faith and cried out to the Lord Jesus. 

The Coptic Christian Church of Egypt has now honored them with an icon called The 21 Martyrs. Here they kneel with eyes lifted up to Jesus, receiving their crowns of righteousness as they give their lives in honor of their King. I’ve been blessed meditating on this beautiful image.
May I be as faithful to my Lord as they were!

The poem below, titled Two Rows,  was written in their honor. 


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Two rows of men walked the shore of the sea,
On a day when the world’s tears would run free,
One a row of assassins, who thought they did right,
The other of innocents, sons of the light,

One holding knives in hands held high,
The other with hands empty, defenseless and tied,
One row of slits to conceal glaring-dead eyes,
The other with living eyes raised to the skies,

One row stood steady, pall-bearers of death,
The other knelt ready, welcoming heaven’s breath,
One row spewed wretched, contemptible threats,
The other spread God-given peace and rest.

A Question we ask now…Who fears the other?
The row in orange, watching paradise 
Or the row in black, with minds evil and broken?

            ~Two Rows by the Sea İBible Society of Egypt