- By Indu Shanmugam
- Published 09/16/2008
Indu Shanmugam is a 20-something, college student from Oregon, USA. She is majoring in English literature and language. She also studied Theology for a short period. She wants to be a teacher. As a literature enthusiast, she enjoys literature of all types and from writers of various backgrounds from the classics, French realists, Christian writings like C.S Lewis and South Asian literature. As for her own writings, "I am still trying to find and develop my own voice." She sees the art of the written word as a way to speak about Christ and explore truth. Before she met Jesus Christ, she has been searching for the meaning of life through experimentation of other religions, philosophies and ideas. At the age of 17, she accepted Christ after a powerful encounter with God through a miracle. God's presence and deep truths in the Bible fuel her creativity. She is involved in church activities and has a love for the church and would like to see every believer grow, become closer to God and live fruitfully. She loves traveling, sipping bubble teas, theatre, music, films and hanging out with friends and has a weakness for cheesecake.
I am at a loss for words. I stopped still. I had mixed feelings. I started to cry thinking about my own people back home.
Initially, I'll admit that I felt a bit angry towards God. I didn't know how to react.
While pleading to God for intervention, it made me think about the cost of the gospel. Living in America, we tend to take religious freedom for granted.
I pray for those who are hurt . . . for divine intervention . . . for strength, unity, and that God will guide their steps and they won't be worn out but will be strengthened by His grace. (As I speak these words, I feel myself stutter).
I wonder if there will be Pauls that come out of this situation. That would be something. Why not, Lord? Why not?
Oh God, please intervene. I plead you to. These are our own people, my family members in Christ and your sons and daughters. Let your gospel prevail.
In your name I pray.