Me - I heard someone say you are Armenian? ( I had an Armenian professor in college I really liked).
Dr - Oh no (chuckled), I'm Iranian
Me - I'm sorry (spoken nervously for the mistake). I heard someone speaking to another commenting you were Armenian. There are differences.
Dr - Oh, but there are really similarities, in features
Me - Yes, but big differences in cultures.
Dr - That is true. Did you know that there is a very large population of Armenians in Iran?
Me - I didn't realize that.
Dr - Yes, centuries ago they migrated south to Iran and today there are over 150,000 in Iran. They are Christian and are a happy people. They follow the Muslim requirements publicly, their women cover with the hijab. But when they are together or have their own events they don't. Their events, likeweddings, are so wonderful, so happy. You know, young Iranian people always want to know the Armenians because they enjoy life and are so happy.
Our discussion was then interrupted and I was not able to continue my inquiry or to interject my faith. But consider the simple witness of these Armenian Christians. "They are happy people." Even in Iran.
Reminds me of the words of the psalmist, "Happy are the people who are in such a state; Happy are the people whose God is the Lord!" Psalms 144:15
Jesus also said: "These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full." John 15:11
Be happy, be joyful, for your God is the LORD! You just don't know who is watching.