Hello and welcome to a look inside Israel today, as told by J of Jerusalem. This time I have 2 letters to share from her. Thank you so much for reading, caring and praying. I think you’ll be moved. Now here’s J . . .
I did want to write today,..but not about this. I went to help out my older daughter as she IS having some struggles,
similar to last time, after the birth of this Baby (prayer please…) I left her house on the 2:15 bus. It gets me to the central bus
station at 3:00. Just before arriving, I felt a ‘strong urge’ to try getting off the bus at the stop before the bus station.
I resisted, but rang the bell JUST as he would have passed the stop along the highway before entering the city. As I
walked up the hill I thought ‘hum…I don’t think this is really better. Probably should have gotten off at the usual stop
and walked up and down stairs. Probably would have been getting to my stop about now…’ and as I got to the place
where I was waiting for the second bus, we heard it; a huge bomb. We all knew the sound. We all stood still.
The bomb went off at the same stop where my bus would be stopping. At this report, there are 24 or 25 injured, 3
critically. The bomb wasn’t on my bus, but I would have been right there…and was spared that. Others, many others
weren’t. I am praying for them. I wanted to thank you for your ongoing prayers for our family and for His purposes
in this land that He has called for His purposes. THANK YOU LORD, FOR LEADING US. ALL OF THE PATHS OF THE LORD
ARE MERCY AND TRUTH…and He WILL lead us all the way, even when He leads through the valley of the shadow and
include much suffering, I would only want His path. He chose to spare me this time, and for that I am grateful. Rejoice
with me please. Lovingly, your sis
ALL Glory to Jesus, Yeshua, King of kings and Lord of lords!
Just as I decide what I want to write to you about, a train comes along and brings in 20 new items and before I know it…’OVERLOAD’! Sorry!
I want to thank you for all of the wonderful emails, rejoicing with me for ‘my miracle’. I am thankful for being spared, (both injury and further trauma) but I am also so aware that it is NOT His will to always spare us from grief and suffering, nor from death…but to lead us carefully on the path that He has for us…and to comfort us along the way and finally lead us safely home, no matter HOW we go.
There was one fatality from the bomb on Wed and she was a wonderful believer.
Her name was Mary Jean Gardner from Scotland.
I did not know her personally, but I know others who did. She had spent many years as a Wycliffe Bible translator in Togo. After translating the New Testament, she was troubled that the first testament was not available to the people and rather then translate it from English, she came to Jerusalem to study Bible translation at the Jerusalem school of Bible translation so that she could translate it from the original Hebrew. In an interview with the head of the Bible school on our radio news today, it was stated that since she was right next to the bomb, her body absorbed much of the shrapnel, possibly saving others from worse injury. The radio interview was an extraordinary testimony, and it blessed me no end to know that even in death, she was sharing Him with others.
God loved and guided her as well as He had guided me; He just chose to guide her all the way to the gates of eternity on Wed.
I often think of the description of Peter being released from prison by the angel (who smacked him on his side to wake him), while it is said in the same chapter of Acts (I believe) that James was killed by the edge of the sword. They were both beloved, and both walking in His will. May we each be willing to walk the path that He has for us with thanksgiving. May He receive the glory, honor and praise. May we all, as His sheep, hear Him and be lead of Him … in His peace.
Again, I am thankful for this deliverance, and so thankful for all of your love and encouragement.