Boom! Multiple vibrations and low frequency thunder-like rumbles could not only be heard but also felt through the evenng of the 9th of Av (Sunday, July 22, 2018), and into early morning hours. But this is common. Nothing new…for them. Life continues as normal, or so it seems. Conversation from the mother of an IDF soldier stationed at the Syrian Border told me that worry–deep, sorrowful concern–for Israel’s children was more of a common concern than I had realized until I saw it in her heart through this mother’s eyes. Each strike represents danger for someone’s child on both sides of the combat. Hatred has been part of Jewish life since the birth of Isaac. One could question if the sound of peace will ever exist.
I had to ponder this thought: What if Floridians were firing rockets across the border of Georgia? What if one of my grandson’s was returning that fire? My life would be lived differently than it is now lived. My heart would be heavier with concerns for the way of the world if my family was hated the way the Jewish people are hated through out the world.
Peace will come as surely as God has sown the Israeli people back into the land. A recent reading of the book of Hosea has reminded me that God has once again restored the Land, the people, and His mercy in an amazing way.
The land is as beautiful as the peoples who have come from all over the world, back to the home from where they were once sent.
“Yet the number of the children of Israel shall be as the sand of the sea, which cannot be measured nor numbered; and it shall come to pass, [that] in the place where it was said unto them, Ye [are] not my people, [there] it shall be said unto them, [Ye are] the sons of the living God. Then shall the children of Judah and the children of Israel be gathered together, and appoint themselves one head, and they shall come up out of the land: for great [shall be] the day of Jezreel…And I will betroth thee unto me for ever; yea, I will betroth thee unto me in righteousness, and in judgment, and in lovingkindness, and in mercies” (Hosea 1:10-2:19, KJV).