Inside Israel – Please Enjoy This With Us!

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Hi and welcome to a look inside Israel today!  I’m so blessed to be able to bring you this latest letter from our Sis in Jerusalem as she shares about the recent snowfall and rain they’ve been having.  Hope it blesses you too! Thank you for reading and praying.  Now, here’s our sis . . .

Dear brothers and sisters,
It is a privilege to be a ‘witness’ here – and sometimes it is more ‘fun’ then others.  This is one of them.  I will keep this short so that those of you who don’t care for long letters can enjoy it too:
My husband I take a weekly walk in a rural area that borders one of the local lakes that serves as a reservoir.  It has been dry for some time, and not ‘full’ for over 7 years.  Today, as we drove to park our car in the usually EMPTY area (if there are 3 cars we think it is crowded), we were shocked to see the area as full as any country fair grounds, or city park on ‘rides day’!  HUNDREDS of cars packed every open spot as young families and dogs made their way laughing and skipping toward the reservoir.  Because of my foot, I read until my husband and dog returned an hour later, laughing.  “You wouldn’t believe it!” he chuckled.  “All around the lake people threw mats on to the mud or mud packed grass and sat down with picnic lunches oohhing and aahhing over the full lake!  I mean…they were sitting in the mud and the cold gazing at the water as though it was… well… “; he couldn’t come up with the word.  ‘Miracle’ is what I filled in.  And it is true.  The ‘children of Israel’ DO pour out to see what God has done!  These are the ones who did not brave the traffic jams in the North as most of the country traveled north to see the Kinneret (Sea of Galilee) full again.  There is utter joy and thanksgiving!  A dear sister sent me these two priceless ‘witnesses’ that you will enjoy more then my words.  But may the weather…something so totally from The Lord God Almighty, always remind us of His witness displayed before us day by day.  He is only Good, isn’t He!  Please read these (and see the photos – they ARE excellent!) and enjoy!  Lovingly, your sis
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When it snows in Jerusalem
By Naomi Ragen
All over the world, when it snows, most of the time people take it for
granted. But not in my city, Jerusalem.
When it snows in Jerusalem, people in Petach Tikva and Tel Aviv pile into
their cars and head towards the capital.
Old folks (like me) go out at eleven p.m. to throw snowballs at their
husbands and to sit drinking hot cider in the only café open for business
Your kids call you from far away Rechovot begging to spend the night
You clean off your windowsills and put some of it in the freezer, to
remember when the skies turn hot and blue again, as you know they will
You can hear the children in nearby schools scream with delight, in a
chorus, as the first flakes fall
You get out your iphones and sms photos to your entire family
You watch people pile up more snow on their cars to take home to show the
family
You get to take out the clothes you bought the last time you were in a place
that has a real winter (i.e. outside the country) and wear them again
No one goes to work, or school
The streets are empty, except for the teenagers having the time of their
lives
At the first forecast of snow, you look longingly at the sky, hoping wishes
alone might milk a little of the white stuff from the reluctant sky
And when it starts falling, you stand, mesmerized as the flakes transform
the familiar landscape into something so strange and beautiful you can hardly move
And even as it snows, you hope the sun won’t come out too soon and melt it;
that it will stay cold long enough for the roads to reopen and so the
grandkids can come and see
You get ready to walk to the Kotel no matter where you are, because it is a
sight no one should miss if they get a chance to see it in their lifetime
And when you get there, although all public transportation has been stopped,
the roads in and out of the city have been closed, and schools and almost
all businesses have shut down, you bless G-d for giving the city so much joy
You find yourself already dreaming about the next snow day in Jerusalem
 
EVEN IF YOU HAVE SEEN ALL OF THE PICTURES, I BET YOU HAVEN’T SEEN MOST OF THESE.  THEY REALLY ARE GREAT!  ENJOY!
Thus saith the Lord GOD; This is Jerusalem: I have set it in the midst of the nations and countries that are round about her.
YHWH bless you and keep you
YHWH make his face to shine upon you, and be gracious to you
YHWH lift up his countenance upon you and give you Shalom
ani b’derek
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Published in: on January 13, 2013 at 8:52 am  Comments (17)  
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17 Comments

  1. Wonderful, Debbie! I read this aloud to my husband and emailed the link to him. This gave us so much joy! I cried to learn that people were willing to sit on mats in the mud to view the lake…
    Love,
    Maria

  2. Great photos.

  3. What beautiful pics.

  4. This is beautiful, Dearest Bridging Deb

    Such wonderful appreciation of the ‘inconvenience’ we have to drive in or shovel away….
    Sometimes we forget about times and seasons….

    Blessings
    ann

  5. Thanks for sharing this and all views for the Israel we pray for. LOVED the photo’s!!

  6. Wow! Those pictures were beautiful! I love the Jewish snowman!

    Blessings ~ Wendy

  7. You have such a tender heart, Maria! love you and God bless you! I sent your comment off to J in Jerusalem! Thank you!

  8. I really enjoyed seeing those too, Mr. Larry! I let J know you liked them! God bless you and all He surrounds you with today!

  9. They sure were, Pastor J! I sent your comment off to snowy Jerusalem! Maybe some day you will be there taking pictures. 🙂
    God bless you and yours!

  10. I liked that too, dear sweet Ann . ..a whole different perspective than I can have about it! God bless you and keep you through this coming week!

  11. It does help me pray, when I can see things like this and read her letters! Thanks Tom, for your prayers! God bless you as your comment went off to Israel too!

  12. That was wonderful, wasn’t it? Thanks for enjoying this today and being here, Wendy! Your comment will bless J, as it does me. God bless you and yours!

  13. I must confess that I got tears in my eyes when I looked at those pictures. We take snow & peace so much for granted over here in North America…

  14. I’ll tell Tom you sent them – thank you!
    Much love in Him to you!!!

  15. That’s true Wendy! There was something so special in seeing the people there enjoy snow so much.

  16. Thanks for sharing all those great photos Deb! I heard they were having very cold weather. Love from Susan.

  17. It was wonderful to see Jerusalem, a little a bit at least! 🙂 God bless you, our watch woman Susan! love and prayers!


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