You’ve Got Mail #4

Dear Jahar,

Today is July 22, 2016. Your birthday.

Now, I know Muslims don’t celebrate birthdays but I must confess I find that hard to understand and more than a little sad…

You see, when I celebrate the birthday of someone I care about, I am telling that person “I’m glad you’re here. I’m glad you’re in the world. I’m glad you’re in my life. You matter to me and you will always matter. I will never forget you. I value you, now and always.”

I believe you need to be able to hear those words today as much as I need to be able to say them, Jahar. If it weren’t for our stupid government, I would say them to you.

If I could have sent you a birthday card, this is what I would have written in my own hand:

The plant called Heart’s Ease often grows where we should not expect to find it. And it says: “After these sad days have passed you will look back and wonder how you were carried through. It will not always be so hard as it has been of late; for after the darkness cometh light and after tempest cometh calm. And this is no fantasy. It shall be so.”  From the book: “Gold by Moonlight” by Amy Carmichael

I know there isn’t much to celebrate right now. You may not even know today is your birthday, but many people around the world do know and like me, they love you and are keeping hope alive for you.

I can’t quite manage the words “Happy Birthday” knowing where you are tonight. They sound brittle and meaningless. But I can tell you this: you will have many, many more – and they will not be spent behind bars but in the company of friends and loved ones.

I know it’s not much but it’s the best I can do –

My gift is my song, and this one’s for you

And you can tell everybody this is your song

It may be quite simple but now that it’s done

I hope you don’t mind,

I hope you don’t mind that I put down in words

How wonderful life is while you’re in the world

As always, my friend, I wish you peace as you wait for God’s great plan of deliverance to unfold. I will write again very soon.


5 thoughts on “You’ve Got Mail #4”

  1. Beautiful words! Another year of life and many are coming and God willing he will be free and will live happily !! God is in control!

  2. Beautiful heartfelt letter Lynn. I wish Jahar a Happy Birthday as well. I’m very grateful that he’s alive for another birthday. I pray that God gives him strength and never let’s him lose hope. I also wish he feels love in his heart from all of us who are still here supporting him on his special day…as always your writing brings joy to my heart.

    1. I am glad Lincoln… I hope Jahar can somehow feel the love we all have for him today in a special way too. I am glad to know you feel it too…

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