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Gaining Ground – Adventures in Trust

Trust

Abba and little girl had been on quite the adventure that took them far from the home she had come to know. They returned but little girl didn’t quite feel at home when she arrived back with Abba. The adventure had somehow changed her. Knowing more of her adopted family’s story had marked little girl’s heart in a surprising way.

Little girl had grown up fast in the surroundings she had lived in before being adopted by Abba. She had learned much very young. In her time with Abba, she had begun to learn what it was like to be a child. She had learned that she didn’t have to keep everything together. She had learned that Abba would take care of her. She had learned that it was okay to feel and to cry and to let go. She had learned that something, rather someone, was safe in her life: Abba.

The journey of a child unlearning the very skills that had helped her survive her early years of life was challenging. Yet she knew she was safe with Abba. When she realized she was safe, her heart began to move and feel things she had nearly never known before.

When little girl felt safe, she could deal with the feelings of joy and longing and fear that she had pushed aside for many years. What a journey this had been and what a journey this would be as Abba began to expand their relationship by sharing his family’s story with her.

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Missing Jacob

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Abba looked down at little girl while she twirled her long light brown locks. Little girl was thinking intently about something as she wrapped one piece of hair after another around her finger, staring at the ground as she did.

“Little girl, what are you thinking about?”

Little girl looked up at Abba a bit startled, having almost forgotten he was right there the whole time.

“I’m just missing some of my friends and brothers and sisters from before,” little girl said with an unsettled look on her face.

Little girl began to apologize to Abba for feeling sad when he interrupted her and picked her up, “I understand, little girl. I understand missing friends and family.” Abba looked at little girl as he said this and she saw something in his eyes she had never seen before. It was only for a moment but little girl saw a glimpse of the very emotions she had been feeling. She saw sadness somewhere deep inside Abba’s eyes.

Little girl wondered about this. Her curiosity was stirred, “Abba, are you sad?”

“I miss my family too. I miss my children so much.”

“Where are you other children? I have brothers and sisters?! How many other children do you have, Abba? Who are they? Where did they go?” Little girl asked excitedly but with concern. She was excited to have more brothers and sisters but she wondered why they weren’t at Abba’s house with her.

“Little girl, that’s a long story. I’ll share with you sometime soon about Jacob and his father Isaac and his grandfather Abraham. I’ll share with you about my son Israel,” Abba answered with a glint of hope in his eyes and joy in his voice. Little girl could see the love Abba had for these other children when he spoke of them.

“Please tell me, Abba. Please tell me about your other children that you miss. I want to know about my brothers and sisters. I want them to come home so I can meet them and play with them too,” little girl’s excitement and anticipation about this newfound understanding overtook the sadness she had felt just moments before.

“I’ll tell you about them soon, little girl, very soon.”

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Passover – A Time to Remember (& Celebrate)

Passover (Pesach) – A Time to Remember (& Celebrate)

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Photo credit © 2016 JupiterImages Corporation

The remembrance draws near
A day marking
The beginning of promises long unfulfilled
To remember and to be thankful
To hold the desires for hope and peace near

To recall
The mighty exodus
Out of generations of slavery
Into generations of promise

What a story
What a hope
Blood on the lintels
Rushed, hurried

A centuries-old ache for this suffering to end
Nearly missed the coming hope

Despondency and bondage
Etched upon the souls
Making “the shema” so hard to conceive of
So challenging to believe

Will this suffering ever end?
Will we ever be free?

Promise and covenant long forgotten
By the multitude of children
But remembered by the One

A deliverer chosen
An unworthy man slow of speech rises
A man arguing with the Almighty rises

What should I tell them?
Will they believe me?
What if it gets worse for them?
What then, O G-d, what then?

STOP
Stop arguing with Me

I hear the groaning of My people
I remember My covenant
I see them
I know their sorrows
I am finished with this cruel bondage
My people have undergone

Answer that it is I who have heard their groaning
It is I who have heard their cry
The G-d of their fathers
Tell them it is I who will deliver

The story progresses
Larger than life
Greater than anything the world
Had ever seen before
Or has seen since

The One
The Father
Whose children
Were suffering under cruelty and sadness
Would wait no longer

The day came
The deliverer arose
The blood of the lamb on the doorposts
Covering them

The mass exodus
Out of Egypt
Out of bondage

Running away from slavery
Towards a promise
And a hope
Nearly forgotten
Nearly replaced with emptiness and pain

Yet remembered
Still remembered
By the One
Who gave the promise
And gives the hope

Remember today
The deliverance
Given through
The promise,
The hope

When He saw you in bondage
And heard your cries
He remembered
And He answered

Happy Passover & Chag Pesach Sameach!

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Poem based on excerpts from Exodus 2 – 15.

For more on the Passover and the Festival of Unleavened Bread see Exodus 12 – 13, Leviticus 23 or Ezekiel 45.

“The Shema” is the most famous Biblical prayer/confession for the Jewish community worldwide throughout most of its history. It is prayed twice a day by many and on holidays and the Sabbath. It is found in Deuteronomy 6:4-9. For more info check out http://www.aish.com/jl/m/pb/48954656.html

I am joining with katemotaung.com for Five Minute Friday. The goal is to write for five minutes about a word. No extreme editing; no worrying about perfect grammar, font, or punctuation. Unscripted. Unedited. Real.

The prompt is Unite.

To be honest, I wrote longer than five minutes and didn’t mention “unite” although it was in my mind relating to the Passover story, deliverance and redemption. Enjoy!


Never Forget

I am joining with katemotaung.com for Five Minute Friday. The goal is to write for five minutes about a word. No extreme editing; no worrying about perfect grammar, font, or punctuation. Unscripted. Unedited. Real.

The prompt is:

Forget

Former Dachau Concentration Camp

Former Dachau Concentration Camp

G-d commands us to remember, to remember His goodness and what He has done for us. He asks us to remember. We must remember His faithfulness and lovingkindness in the difficulty and in the storms, in the trials and in the testings. We cannot forget that He is G-d and He is good.

Yesterday I visited former Dachau concentration camp in Dachau, Germany. Never Forget and Never Again are two of the most spoken exhortations related to the Holocaust. Humanity cannot forget what happened. Israel must not forget that G-d has not forgotten Israel. The G-d of Israel is still alive and His kindness is still towards His people, the people He called after Himself.

Never forget – we must never forget the atrocities that happened that we would never stand by silently. We must never stand in silence in the face of anti-Semitism and injustice. We must never forget G-d’s kindness towards us in drawing us near to Himself. We must remember He is the G-d of Israel and there is no other.

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the living hope of the living G-d

I am joining with Kate Motaung for Five Minute Friday. The goal is to write for five minutes about a word. No extreme editing; no worrying about perfect grammar, font, or punctuation. Unscripted. Unedited. Real.

Today’s prompt is:
Hope

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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 the heart of G-d 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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to trust Him completely

I am joining with Kate Motaung for Five Minute Friday. The goal is to write for five minutes about a word. No extreme editing; no worrying about perfect grammar, font, or punctuation. Unscripted. Unedited. Real.

Today’s prompt is:

Favorite
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to trust Him completely

I’m pretty sure I’m G-d’s favorite, or more accurately, I’m favored by G-d. Why do I think that? Because I want to follow Him wholeheartedly and trust Him completely, and because I’m His child.

Israel is G-d’s favored people, even today. No question and no doubt about it. Why? He chose Abraham and made a people to be His own from Abraham through Isaac and Jacob (who became Israel)

G-d was so excited to have a people to be with, to dwell with, to talk with, to walk with, to show all the peoples how wonderful He was. G-d was so happy to have a man, Abraham, say yes to Him and answer Him when He called. Yet Abraham didn’t just answer, Abraham was obedient and followed Him where G-d asked him to go.

It’s always been like this. G-d has always sought out ones after His own heart, ones who desire to trust Him completely, who will follow Him wholeheartedly. G-d always desired to dwell with people, and bring them into His family. He is always the same. He has never changed. He wanted to walk and talk and be with the people He created. He promised Abraham through covenant so many wonderful things and He will not change His mind, because Abraham loved Him and followed Him. He will always keep His word and His promises because this is who He is – faithful.

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He doesn’t leave – day 31

Every Day for Thirty-One Days
Abba’s Heartbeat for Israel

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Today’s Prompt: Leave

He doesn’t leave

The G-d of Israel
The Holy One, the Maker of Heaven and Earth
Said He would never leave nor forsake His people

He said
Your walls are continually before Him,
O Jerusalem

The Maker of the whole earth
Chose a people and He will not leave them

The G-d of Genesis,
The G-d of Covenant
will not forsake His beloved people

Abba, show us Your lovingkindness, Your great mercy
for Your people Israel
Abba, awaken our hearts to pray with You,
to love with You,
to bear Your burdens
and to carry Your heart

May all who love You
love those whom You love
May all who follow You
cry out for mercy for Your son Israel
Your mercy is great and powerful
and Your love beyond description

Abba, You are good to Your people
You are good to Israel
You do not forget Your Word, nor Your covenants,
nor Your promises

This is the best news in the world!
The one and only G-d never forgets His kindness
towards those He loves
and He constantly remembers mercy

Thank You Abba

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