Isaiah 9:2 reads, “the people who walk in darkness will see a great light; Those who live in a dark land, the light will shine on them.” What happened to Iraqi soldier Saad in Mosul is the perfect example of that.
Due to ISIS control in his hometown it had been two years since Saad, the Iraqi fighter from northern Mosul, had last seen his mother or other members of his family. It was likely unknown to Saad when or if he would see his family again after the area fell to the violent hands of ISIS.
That didn’t stop Saad from looking, though. As the soldier helped people into buses that would transport them out of Mosul, he patrolled the area in search of his family after a series of text messages and phone calls led him to believe they may be in a nearby convoy
Saad combed through the area shouting the name of his mother and other family members. In a moment that should remind all of us to never give up hope, Saad fell to the ground in tears, pulling a woman in for a hug. The woman was his mother.
“Don’t cry my son, my darling,” his mother responds while hugging her son.
The emotional reaction continues, with the mother saying,”We’re so happy, we’re all around you,” while other members of the family pile on for hugs and kisses and him saying, “I’d die for you.”
The fight to take back their homeland continues for Iraqi forces battling ISIS. The Independent reported that, 45,000 people have fled from the bitter battle and have moved into displacement camps.
(H/T: The Independent)