As everyone has seen in the news lately, there is a major confrontation occurring between factions of the Iranian government and also between Iranian police/military forces and the Iranian people.

Some demonstrators are being killed.

It is difficult to foresee what the future of Iran will be. As is often the case, there are reasons for feelings of hope and for cynicism.

In my reading recently I ran across this paper by Karim Sadjadpour about Ayatollah Ali Khamenei – who is in the role of the Supreme Leader of Iran.

Iran has been (long before Islam began), is, and always will be a major player and influence in the region and in the world. Now might be a good time to remember Iran and its people in our prayers – that the outcome(s) of the strife and controversies taking place in that country will be for good rather than evil.