Written by Sherry
Wednesday, 02 July 2008 11:22
You must read/listen to this NPR piece on the power of God to heal a broken heart and a broken life.
Kim Phuc is best known as the little girl in the famous photo of a Vietnam War napalm-bombing attack near Saigon. She now lives in Toronto with her husband and two children. Her organization, Kim Foundation International, aids children who are war victims.
She was 9 on the day in 1972 that the now iconic picture was taken. She spent 14 months in a hospital and had 17 operations.
"I spent my daytime in the library to read a lot of religious books to find a purpose for my life. One of the books that I read was the Holy Bible.
In Christmas 1982, I accepted Jesus Christ as my personal savior. It was an amazing turning point in my life. God helped me to learn to forgive — the most difficult of all lessons. It didn't happen in a day and it wasn't easy. But I finally got it.
Forgiveness made me free from hatred. I still have many scars on my body and severe pain most days but my heart is cleansed.
Napalm is very powerful but faith, forgiveness and love are much more powerful."
All I can say is "Blessed be the name of the Lord" and "God bless and keep you Kim Phuc for responding to the mercy and grace of God so generously."
As Corrie Ten Boom observed of her experiences in a Nazi concentration camp a generation before:
"This is no pit so deep that He is not deeper still."