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Bless Your Enemy

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Nikolai Velimirovic was a Serbian bishop who bravely spoke out against Nazism in the early 1940's during the reign of Hitler. He suffered for his stand and for his faith in the Dachau prison camp. Someone found this prayer that he had written out. It read:

Bless my enemies, O Lord. Even I bless them and do not curse them. Enemies have driven me into your embrace more than friends have. Friends have bound me to Earth; enemies have loosed me from Earth and have demolished all my aspirations in the world.

Just as a hunted animal finds safer shelter than an un-hunted animal does, so have I, persecuted by enemies, found the safest sanctuary, having ensconced myself beneath your tabernacle, where neither friends nor enemies can slay my soul.

Bless my enemies, O Lord. Even I bless and do not curse them.

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