Since therefore the children share in flesh and blood, he himself likewise partook of the same things, that through death he might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil, and deliver all those who through fear of death were subject to lifelong slavery. Hebrews 2:14-15 ESV
Lord, You do things differently. The one who has the power of death had us in bondage. You destroyed him and delivered us through…. death. It doesn’t get much more ironic than that. We develip strategies to be witness’ and win many to Christ and they so often go array. We lose yet You turn it into a win. Stephen proclaimed the gospel in Jerusalem and was stoned to death. Was this a loss for the church? Humanly speaking yes. More persecustion came out of this but as Your people were scattered they boldly preached the word everywhere and Saul who became Paul and preached the gospel fearlessly to the Gentiles, came to faith because of the marydom of Stephen. You do thing differently. Amen.