John 20
11But Mary stood outside the tomb, crying. As she wept, she stooped down to look into the tomb. 

Who is Samira Fahmi? Why is she crying?

On Palm Sunday, a suicide bomber blew himself up at a church in Alexandria Egypt. The pope of the Egyptian Christians was at worship for the festive service. The bomber tried to enter the church, but was stopped by a security guard who made him go through a metal detector first. The bomber blew himself up then, killing the security guard, Naseem Fahmi, and 16 others. Naseem prevented the death of hundreds, along with the pope.

This is why Samira Fahmi is crying. Naseem is her husband.

“I am sure Naseem has been happy to give his life for Christ,” Samira says, dressed in black as she mourns. Last Sunday wasn’t the first time a church was attacked, and Naseem was extra vulnerable because of his work as a guard. “When we talked about this one day he said he would be willing to defend the church with his own blood. Last Sunday he did.”

“I am proud of what my husband did,” Samira says, “but life has become hard for me after his death. He was everything in my life.”

Then the widow remembers another part of her conversation with her husband: “He told me he knew me and the kids needed him, but he also knew God would take care of us if something might happen.”

“Naseem’s life was at the church, and now his life is in heaven. I know he is in a good place,” says Samira.

She has a loving message for the killer and those in Egypt that think like him:

“I forgive you and I ask God to forgive you.”

This is our sister. Our brothers and sisters are being persecuted through beatings, physical torture, confinement, isolation, rape, severe punishment, imprisonment, slavery, discrimination in education and employment, and death.

This is going on all around the world.

Let’s pause and pray for our brothers and sisters. Let’s consider the tears of our sister, Simira.

Mary is at the tomb. She has already been there once this Easter. Then she ran and told Peter and John. Now we see she is back.

It’s not all settled. Yes, the body of Jesus is gone and Mary doesn’t know where he went.

She is crying. She is in deep grief. And with her tears comes confusion.

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