The Coptic Christians

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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.

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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 –

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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: Stephenyhoughtlin.com
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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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