Sunday, May 20, 2018

North Korea




What I have heard about North Korea:

Survivors' stories. Painful captivity. Escapees. 
Fighting for kernals of corn or anything to eat. The crushing of the human spirit. A name I want to put here, but it is too personal, too close to his mother's grief. Have you heard it? Remember it.

What I say about North Korea:

Isaiah 61:11-
For as the earth brings forth its sprouts,
and as a garden causes what is sown in it to sprout up,
so the Lord God will cause righteousness and praise
to sprout up before all the nations.

What I think, hope, and believe:

The seeds planted in the ground long ago now spring forth. 
Do you see them? 

Isaiah 43:19-
Behold, I am doing a new thing;
now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?
I will make a way in the wilderness
and rivers in the desert.

What I want to see:

A day when kids are learning history and they can't quite believe that North Korea was once like this because they have seen with their own eyes the crops blooming, blessing, harvesting. Because their pastor is from there or their best friend. Because the sun is beautiful in North Korea. Because everything grows there now. The absence of dragons. I want the kids in history classes to disbelieve these old stories because they just can't imagine it was ever like that. 

33 comments:

  1. We need to rewrite our history, don't we Sandy! Oh how we need that fairytale....and love is the ink that will write the story. Thank you for coming to visit.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. "...love is the ink that will write the story."

      Powerful!

      Delete
  2. Hearing is heard. But let's see what's going on there -
    images forbidden from north korea - https://www.boredpanda.com/smuggled-out-photos-north-korea-eric-lafforgue/

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks for those photos, Catalin. Interesting! I was afraid they would be violent scenes, but to anyone reading this---they are not. It's just photos of every day life.

      Delete
  3. Something we all long for, Sandi.
    Blessings!

    ReplyDelete
  4. Hello dear Sandi!
    Great post! I don’t know much about North Korea,only what i watch on the news! People are suffering that is true!
    Wishing you a lovely new week!
    Dimi...

    ReplyDelete
  5. Praying for North Korea and its captivity. I'm hopeful for productive peace talks in the near future. The Koreans are very loving people.

    ReplyDelete
  6. I think we would all like to see that! Blessings!

    ReplyDelete
  7. Praise God for His restoration of all things! Thanks for the beautiful post and God bless.

    ReplyDelete
  8. There will come a day when North Korea isn't run anymore by a family of lunatics. Until then, it would be nice if the person in the Oval Office was a rational adult about how to deal with the country. Unfortunately that is not the present case.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. At least the North and South are talking now.

      Delete
  9. I like it too that the two Koreas are talking. That's the way. Outsiders have their own interests which don't always coincide with that of the korean nation as a whole.

    ReplyDelete
  10. Sadly North Korea's stories are echoed in too many countries.

    ReplyDelete
  11. I will join you in prayer for that, Sandi!

    ReplyDelete
  12. Hi Sandi,
    all things are possible with God, and He wants that all should be saved. I pray that our God will establish peace between these two countries and join them back as one. Amen

    ReplyDelete
  13. Espero que aquele povo se liberte do ditador que está a matar o país.
    Um abraço e boa semana.

    Andarilhar
    Dedais de Francisco e Idalisa
    O prazer dos livros

    ReplyDelete
  14. Hello, it would be so nice to have peace world wide. There is suffering and sadness around the world, prayers for all. Have a happy day and new week!

    ReplyDelete
  15. We should pray for peace...

    ReplyDelete
  16. It is wonderful to have testimony of faithful believers in the Lord Jesus despite the conditions. Remembering that the Lord can resolve this in a moment we look forward to His peaceful reign over the earth.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you, David. It is good to remember.

      Delete
  17. Well ... at least, and at last, the North and South are talking.

    All the best Jan

    ReplyDelete
  18. I don't know if there will ever be total peace there under a dictatorial regime and I suspect it won't happen soon but it is something to hope for.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hope springs eternal. :) These are interesting times.

      Delete
  19. Hi Sandi, What a hopeful post. I agree. What you would like to see would be wonderful. I recently read a fascinating book, Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea by Barbara Demick. The book details the agony people have lived with but reveals that in spite of all the agony most still have love in their hearts just like the rest of the world. Thank you for this post and for your comment on my blog. I’ll bet you are exactly right about the old prisoner! Have a great week ahead!

    ReplyDelete
  20. I hope you see what you wish for in North Korea, Sandi! I would love to see healing and peace for the long suffering people of North Korea. One of my earliest memories is hearing a news report on the radio about the Korean War, and it referred to President Eisenhower. So I must have been almost three or a month or two older than three. It's so strange that I remember that! Take care!

    ReplyDelete