Jacob

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“Please do not hide your face from me, O G-d of my fathers,” Jacob cried out.

“I’m right here, my son?” G-d answered.

“Is that you, O G-d? Where are you? Where have you gone? Why have you hidden yourself from me for so long?” Jacob’s cries were desperate like those of a scared child feeling lost and alone.

“Jacob, be still, my son,” Abba said with tenderness in His voice.

Jacob tilted his head upward, having heard the faint whisper of G-d again.

“Is that you, O Lord? Is that you, my G-d?” Jacob panted, one slow breath at a time.

Jacob was a desperate man. He was disoriented. The life of his youth had been so rich yet at some point somewhere he had lost himself and forgotten the beauty of walking with G-d in his younger days. He had lost his vision. He was like the blind man who didn’t know his own appearance and could only try to feel and sense his surroundings.

“It’s me, my beloved son. Can you hear me? I love you, Jacob. I love you with an everlasting love.” The Father’s words resounded in the heavens. They were like a soothing ointment that pierced Jacob’s heart with power like thunder.

“I have loved you with an everlasting love…I have drawn you, O virgin of Israel.” Jeremiah 31

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Just When

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Expect

Just when I thought I had found my niche,
Not even just my niche
Rather my calling

Just when I landed my life in measure
Despite the disappointments
The surety of the knowing became comfortable

Just then

You came and shifted things all around
You changed it all up in a moment
In just a moment
You made a way
Where I thought there was no way

Just when I thought I had to figure it out
Wrestle it through
Be frustrated to no end
or hopefully be frustrated to a good end

You came
You breathed
You spoke
You answered where I had barely asked

My expectations blown out of the water
Once again
By the G-d who is far more moved by me
Than I will ever fully comprehend

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Do Not Keep Silent

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There is a heartbeat, a cry of anguish still heard. The tears of the sovereign One weeping over his people mingled with the tears of Rachel mourning over her children who are no more.

The anguish and the suffering and the tears of the Shoah (Holocaust) bear no graspable equivalent.

Peering into the blackest black that is the Holocaust is unending in parallel and scope. The wretchedness of man in acquiescence to darkness knows no culpable bounds.

In a superiorly modern and industrial culture leaning on centuries of leadership in ethical thought and theology, men and women quickly consented to murkiness of thought and obeyed the gods of depravity, exploitation and injustice. The very value of human life came into question in a culture deeply rooted in Judeo-Christian principles.

Standing eighty years in distance from the greatest catastrophe the world has known, the best of thinkers, theologians, ethical teachers and peacemakers would likely stand in line and quickly give themselves over to the same god with a different face. In the most troublesome of times, the majority choose to turn away from their neighbor’s suffering. This being said, will we allow the Shoah to teach us.

Will we comprehend that in giving up our own dignity, we lose the essence of being human? Will we breathe in the reality of the Source higher than ourselves lest we fall into decline?

We lose the sacredness of who we are as individuals and as a body of humanity when we submit ourselves to silence in the face of moral crisis. The holiness of God upon man is lost and we lose our unique place in creation if we do not allow our conscience to move us to act on behalf of those in need.

As a German teacher on the Holocaust said, “We know and we’ve seen the end of humanism: it is the Holocaust.” The goodness in humanity comes to a quick end in the face of tribulation. Many would vehemently disagree with the statement yet it would behoove us to consider the idea.

When we rely on our own moral fortitude, we make ourselves vulnerable to arrogance. Arrogance opens the door for dullness that slowly leads our hearts away from who we truly long to be.

The most evil events in history repeat themselves when those with sight choose to look away. Deep darkness invades when those who can hear muffle their ears and choose not to listen. Gloominess and the shadow of death begin to loom over a people when those with understanding do not lift their voices.

On our watch and in our day, what will we choose? What will you choose? The greatest leaders of our day are mere men and women like the men and women of past generations. No better and no worse.

Will we humble ourselves and look to the Source of life who gives strength to stand in the midst of adversity?

Will we hear the heartbeat, the cry of anguish of the sovereign One over his people? Will we weep with Him?

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There Must Be More

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There Must Be More

While the world is clearly reeling to and fro in so many ways these days and what we considered innocent isn’t so, it’s time to consider how to respond and to find out what G-d wants.

Good news is coming. In some ways it’s already here but in other ways it’s coming in a way unrecognized before. Some kind of revolution is coming one day sooner than we think. This revolution will touch the very essence of the identity of those who believe in Messiah, corporately and individually. We’ve been alone for far too long gazing at ourselves in Messiah rather than at Messiah himself. It’s time to look the other way around. It’s time to go from one to many, individuals to family, my world to Kingdom.

There must be a revolution coming that shifts and changes the identity of the corporate people who believe in Messiah. There must be something big and wild and crazy coming that’s really great and terribly awesome: a shaking that will shake everything inside of us and outside of us except the Kingdom of G-d, which will remain. This must come that those who believe in the Giver of life bring and give a testimony of this life within and without. It must come. This must happen. How long while the world stands in awe and shock, fear and outrage at the turbulence descending upon man without an answer of the reality of the goodness of G-d in the land of the living? May the answer be made known to all who are hungry.

G-d of Israel, G-d of all hope, bring hope and life in Zion today. Bring deliverance and rescue in Israel today.

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Comfort Zion

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Writing Every Day for Thirty-One Days
to Speak Life over Israel

While much of the earth is speaking death and accusation over the Jewish nation, let’s take 31 days to do the opposite. Let’s speak life over the nation of Israel and the Jewish people.

Writing with sorrow over the last week of increased terror and loss of life in Israel.

Day 10: Ready

O G-d, how can I not weep
when your child Israel weeps
How can my heart be unmoved
when your people are weeping and mourning
What do you feel when Israel weeps

How can my heart be cold
when your heart burns
with love for your ancient people

G-d, are you mourning now
as your people mourn
How can I stand at a distance
when your firstborn son is hurting
How can I stand at a distance when Israel mourns

G-d, where your people feel forsaken,
where they feel forgotten
or fatherless
Please bridge this gap
Please let them know
You are still with them
You’ve always been with them

Abba, your people are my people
May your people run into your heart
and find life in you
May your people know you are Father
Draw your people into
the deep depths of your kindness
Heal those with broken hearts
Comfort those in mourning
Please console Zion today

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem, may they prosper who love you.
Excerpt from Tehillim/Psalm 122

If I forget Jerusalem may my right hand forget its skill
Excerpt from Tehillim/Psalm 137

Links to Israel News Articles:
LIVE BLOG: Wave of terror hits Israel http://www.jpost.com/page.aspx?pageid=7&articleid=421162

Why is the world ignoring a wave of terror in Israel? http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/israel/11921994/Why-is-the-world-ignoring-a-wave-of-terror-in-Israel.html

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ChaiIsrael

Chai is the Hebrew word for Life

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the deep love of Abba

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Writing Every Day for Thirty-One Days
to Speak Life over Israel

While much of the earth is speaking death and accusation over the Jewish nation, let’s take 31 days to do the opposite. Let’s speak life over the nation of Israel and the Jewish people.

Day 8: Purple

May the flame within the hearts of the people of Israel
Be stoked and burn bright today
May they burn bright like a hot purple flame
With nothing keeping them
From the deep love of Abba for them

In these days of danger and upset, terror and darkness
May the deep wells of life within Israel
Be bubbling up and overflowing once again
May the river of fire that sets the heart aflame
Burn bright within

Abba, break in on lives and families
and communities
Abba, break in and push back death and darkness
Comfort and console,
Protect and preserve life in Zion

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ChaiIsrael

Chai is the Hebrew word for Life

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Hope for Israel

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Writing Every Day for Thirty-One Days
to Speak Life over Israel

While much of the earth is speaking death and accusation over the Jewish nation, let’s take 31 days to do the opposite. Let’s speak life over the nation of Israel and the Jewish people.

Day 3: Capture

G-d, what is on your heart towards Israel today?
What do you feel when your children
are murdered on the streets?
What is in your heart?
How long will the hatred prevail?
When will you stop the evil?
What will you do to keep and preserve your people?

The people of Israel exist because of You and for You
Your desires and plans for your people are beautiful
Yet the war against your people increases daily

You who made Israel
and created all things
You who never slumber nor sleep,
who will make everything right
You who will bring hope to the earth again
Give us hope

The hope for the world that is your heart
The hope for your people Israel that is in your heart
The hope for those who bow before you
that is in your heart
Please share it with us today

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the living hope of the living G-d

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Sometimes we think G-d is not like us. We think He is unfeeling and uncaring and far away from our anguish, far away from comprehending our deepest joys. Yet this is not true. This is not who He is. He is filled with affection and emotion. He created us in His image to feel and live fully and love deeply. He is not aloof and arrogant. He is not expectantly waiting for us to fail so that He can show us how pathetic we are. This is not G-d. He doesn’t look upon the suffering of His people and turn His love away. He isn’t mean like man. He doesn’t lie nor change who He is. His words stand and His decrees are written in eternity.

There is living hope deep within the heart of G-d for a people He created for Himself, a people He called His firstborn Son, a people He put His name upon forever, His people Israel. The Holy One of Israel aches for His people. He knows their history. He remembers their days of rejoicing. He holds in His heart their days of suffering. He has not forgotten. He continually remembers the plight and experience of His people. He suffered with them. In the fullness of time, they will comprehend that He was with them.

It beseeches all who live for and believe in the one G-d to lay hold of G-d’s heart for His people Israel. As the nations rage against the people of Israel once again, lay hold of His heart. Take courage and learn to stand with Him. Lay hold of His heart and love whom He loves. To the Jew first, then to the Gentile.

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