The Coptic Christians


I wanted to do something to mark the death of the Coptic Christians. The state of the world right now is a great sadness. Over the years the Coptic Icons have meant so much to me. I post these icons in prayer as a way to combat the evil which has been done to these poor men and all those who have lost their lives in this holy war.


Wendell Berry is one of my favorite poets. I find solace in this particular poem at a time like this .

The Peace of Wild Things
When despair for the world grows in me
 and I wake in the night at the least sound 
in fear of what my life and my children’s lives may be,
 I go and lie down where the wood drake 
rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds.
 I come into the peace of wild things 
who do not tax their lives with fore thought 
of grief. I come into the presence of still water.
 And I feel above me the day-blind stars
 waiting with their light. For a time 
I rest in the grace of the world, and am free
Wendell Berry (1934 –

About Stepheny Forgue Houghtlin

Stepheny Forgue Houghtlin grew up in Evanston, IL. and is a graduate of the University of Kentucky. She is an author of two novels: The Greening of a Heart and Facing East. She lives, writes and gardens in NC. Visit her:
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2 Responses to The Coptic Christians

  1. noelleg44 says:

    Beautiful, Stepheny, both words and art. I hate to watch the news because each time the extremists in the Middle East seem to increase the hideousness of their killings. I don’t think we can just sit back and watch.

  2. johnvic8 says:

    Amen. There is so much sadness in the world and so much hatred. We have to find a way to stop.

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