Friday, July 11, 2014

Thoughts from Jerusalem...

Top of the afternoon to all.

Several people have contacted us to express concern about our proximity to the lunacy that is going on in the south. 

Jen and I have been into Jerusalem every day this week.  The city is teeming with people.  Many are tourists, going from this place to that place, on foot or by bus.  Still others are locals.  They get up in the morning and go to work, much like anyone else.  We went to Machane Yehudah yesterday.  It was bustling, loud, and the usual semi-contained chaos that one sees there every day.  In these regards, Jerusalem is no different from Akko, from Ashkelon, from Be’er Sheva, from Tel Aviv, or from anywhere else in the country.  People are aware of what is going on.  It is THE topic of conversation.  Still, they go about their lives with full confidence in those who provide for their common defense. 

The Israeli government is an elected body.  That means that it has responsibilities to the civilian population.  I can assure you that every bit of military planning has been with those responsibilities clearly in mind.

Jen and I are eyewitnesses to all of this.  Our younger two children are not remotely concerned, even though we all went to the miklat (shelter) in the basement of our cousin’s home yesterday.  Jesse is now with a USY group.  When we see the pictures of him enjoying himself with his brand new best friends, and when we remember the wonder and excitement of our own teen tours to Israel, Jen and I cannot think of anywhere we would rather Jesse be.

I suppose I should be a little more concerned.  I am not.  Israel knows exactly what she is doing.  The peace-loving neighbours to the south cannot hit the broad side of a barn from the inside.

Shabbat Shalom, and continue to pray for the peace of Jerusalem.

R/SCG, writing from Kefar Adumim in the Judaean desert

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