“noble beyond her years”- the story of Kayla Mueller

I had never heard of Kayla until a few days ago, but her story touches my heart. I have a son about the same age; and like her, his work and passions take him all over the world. I cannot imagine getting an email like the one her parents received confirming her death.

This story has been updated and expanded at

Avenging Kayla Mueller’s Shining Spirit

On February 11, 2015 I wrote the following about a young woman, Kayla Mueller, who had died-

I cannot think of anything else worth saying today other than to express my sadness  for and sympathy to the family of Kayla Mueller. On  the evening news last night I heard Kayla’s aunt describe her as “noble beyond her years.”

I had never heard of Kayla until a few days ago, but her story touches my heart. I have a son about the same age; and like her, his work and passions take him all over the world. I cannot imagine getting an email like the one her parents received confirming her death.

At only 26 years old, Kayla had already traveled to India, Israel, Palestine and Syria on humanitarian endeavors and in Arizona worked at a women’s shelter and with AIDS patients, In a letter  to her family from captivity, she expressed regret that she was causing them pain. I hope the memory of this beautiful young woman brings some comfort to their grieving hearts.

Her complete story is now known, and reported publicly by ABC News.

American hostage Kayla Mueller was tortured, verbally abused, forced into slave labor for ISIS commanders in Syria and raped by the group’s top leader,

but her fellow hostages say she never surrendered hope, she selflessly put the welfare of fellow captives above her own and

she even stood up to executioner “Jihadi John” to defend her Christian faith.”

Here is a link to video of her and her family , interviews with those who knew her in captivity, and the details of the inhumane way she was treated.

the girl left behind– Brian Ross investigates

She was amazing. She was a really strong girl,” Chavez said of Mueller.

For Saide, the younger Mueller at 25 years old had a surprisingly positive personality and “a strong faith that gave her a lot of strength.

As a person, she was a very good friend. She was smart. She was fun to be with. She was very kind, extremely generous.”

“She was always considerate of others, even though she herself was in a very difficult situation,” Saide added.

“She was always concerned for other prisoners. She never stopped being concerned for the Syrian population living through just horrible things in this war and still are.

She never stopped caring for others.”

Isaiah and a Southern woman write-Weekend words

a review of a woman physician’s memoir of pain and redemption#AllThePrettyThings

Isaiah 61:1-4 ESV

“The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me, because the LORD has anointed me to bring good news to the poor;

he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,

to proclaim liberty to the captives,

and the opening of the prison to those who are bound;

to proclaim the year of the LORD’s favor, and the day of vengeance of our God;

to comfort all who mourn;

book All the Pretty Things
All the Pretty Things by Edie Wadsworth

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

to grant to those who mourn in Zion—

to give them a beautiful headdress instead of ashes,

the oil of gladness instead of mourning,

the garment of praise instead of a faint spirit;

that they may be called oaks of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he may be glorified.

They shall build up the ancient ruins; they shall raise up the former devastations; they shall repair the ruined cities, the devastations of many generations.”

woman raising arms arms to the sky in a glow of light

 

In All the Pretty Things, Edie Rudder Wadsworth explores the “heart of health” by telling

“the story of a Southern girl who went through fire to find her way home.”

Edie is a medical doctor who escaped poverty, a dysfunctional family, physical and emotional abuse only to find that wasn’t enough to cure the pain in her heart. In this memoir, she explains how she searched to find relief and to bring peace, hope and wholeness to  her heart and her family.

“We have been snatched out of the fire of our brokenness in order to serve and love and bless the dear ones God has placed right in front of our eyes, the ones who need our very meager gifts and offerings the most-

the fatherless, the misfits, the prostitutes, the jailbirds-

and all those whose despair has rendered them hopeless.”

 

(By joining the book launch team, I received a free PDF copy of the book to review )

 

All the Pretty Things is available at Tyndale Publishers

You can earn points for free Tyndale books at this link.

 

Weekend words – sharing words of faith, hope and love from the Bible and other carefully selected sources.

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