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Tomorrow You Die!
by D.I. Telbat
Milo Cason lay on his back in the stuffy room. The Muslim call to prayer scratched over a loudspeaker somewhere outside his Syrian holding cell. By the smell, he guessed his current dwelling had once been a chicken coop.
The door opened and Milo lifted his head, squinting to see the masked gunman standing against the daylight.
“Tomorrow, you die, Christian!”
The man backed away and slammed the door. Milo relaxed again on the floor and smiled. He always knew he’d die tomorrow; he just never knew which tomorrow. So, tomorrow he would see his Lord.
It didn’t bother him too much that he’d die soon. He’d come to Syria to share Christ’s love to a war-ravaged people. For months, he’d driven trucks laden with food, water, and clothing into stricken areas. When supplies had run out, he’d focused on teaching survival skills and sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ.
For two days, Milo had known the soldiers would come into the city where he’d been serving. He’d had the option to leave, but the people he’d led to Christ wanted to know more about their Lord, eternity, and other Bible truths. He’d stayed for their sakes, even when he knew he would die for doing so.
Those he’d led to Christ were all dead now. But they’d died faithfully, confident in Christ, since Milo had spent just two more days with them.
Sadly, Milo knew that his death would be misunderstood and misused. Some back in America would hate the Muslims even more. Others would start fresh campaigns of protests for religious freedom. Politicians would rally constituents to vote for new foreign regulations.
But Milo wouldn’t fight those temporal battles, because what was important to him could only be seen through spiritual eyes. And that included not hating his captors.
Rather, he hoped his death brought Americans courage to stand for the faith, wherever they chose to serve God, because Christ was worth it. And the lost needed to know about their faithful Savior. Besides, as sure as Jesus had raised from the dead, Milo knew his own body wouldn’t remain in the grave, either.
Though dehydrated and bruised, Milo mumbled a simple hymn from his church back home. The hymn gave him peace, the words reflecting an assurance beyond this world. His brothers and sisters in the States would surely grieve for him, but it wouldn’t be an agonizing grief because they knew they’d all be together again soon.
Milo Cason prepared his heart to meet Christ, for tomorrow he was going to die for his Lord.
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COMING UP: Join us WEDNESDAY for David’s Author Reflection and spiritually challenging follow-up with, “If You Died Tomorrow.” And next MONDAY, we’ll have D.I. Telbat’s short story, “A Constant Light in Iran.”