Story: When ISIS took over the Iraqi city of Mosul, Nicodemus Sharaf, Archbishop of the Syriac Orthodox Church escaped with five books, including an Aramaic manuscript written 500 years ago – leaving behind hundreds more older ones – Christian relics that may never be recovered.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, the Living Word, our hearts were touched as we watched the archbishop weep over the destruction of ancient manuscripts by ISIS forces. These were some of the rarest of biblical manuscripts in Aramaic, the language Jesus spoke. Believers in the Middle East are known as "people of the book." Teach us to reverence and value your Word like these brothers and sisters in Christ. In Jesus' name, amen.