Thursday, August 23, 2012

Thankful Thursday

Linking with Cami at Thankful Thursday

"You’re shaking … so am I. It’s because of Jerusalem, isn’t it? One doesn’t go to Jerusalem, one returns to it. That’s one of its mysteries” Eli Wiesel 

The first time I went to visit my sister in Israel, I remember when the plane began to descend, the emotions running in my veins. We could all see the fields of trees below....growing.... prospering...the land rich with fruit and vegetation and HOPE.

A man sitting a few rows back pulled out a harmonica and began playing Hativkah, Israel's national anthem. The word itself means...The Hope. In that moment, every Jew on that plane regardless of life experience was bonded together by an overwhelming realization of God and the promise and hope fulfilled. A Jewish homeland...a sovereign nation where no Jew would ever be turned away from. Today...I'm grateful for.....

-Going from no hope to knowing hope. 
-The touch of the power of His gentleness....It's what turned my life around. 
-Contentment and peace that replaced all the restlessness and angst. 
-Family....community...purpose.....
-Mostly.....that I'm finally home and living with hope everyday. I know that no matter what happens....He's there...in my corner so the end of a thing will always be awesome.  

14 comments:

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

How wonderful to visit Israel! My aunt has been there twice. And I have a Jewish uncle {by marriage} who has never been there nor does he have any desire to go there.
I'm glad that we know the Hope and wherever we are, we're home because of Him. Have a beautiful day.

Blessings,
Sandi

Joanne said...

Oh my goodness to hear that harmonic playing would have brought tears to my eyes! Beautiful post!
Blessings, Joanne

RCUBEs said...

What a beautiful moment that must be when that man played the harmonica! But even more beautiful to feel His love and true promises!!! Blessings to you sister! I love the reminder you did about this imperishable hope He alone gives!

~grateful said...

something so simnple; a harmonica But when played on landing and to such a meaningful tune, I'm surprised the entire group of passengers didn't stand in applause, how moving that had to have been!

joy said...

I have the same thankful thoughts towards God. Home is where God is!

Daisy said...

Lovely post! "Home and living with hope every day." I like that. :)

Angel said...

Love this..."Going from no hope to knowing hope."

Thank you for sharing this post about your visit to Israel. What a fantastic experience you've allowed us to glimpse.

Blessings!

Saleslady371 said...

You reeled me in on that flight descent into Israel, girl! I felt that way. Hope is a wonderful thing and you spur me on..

Chatty Crone said...

I hope you have a great visit with her - going from no hope to hope. sandie

Fruto do Espírito said...

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Your comment gladdened my heart, their presence is important for me to follow my blog will make my space more beautiful still.
I await your return ...

Peace, health and happiness to you and your entire family is my wish and prayer.

In Christ,

***Lucy***

Nana Jul said...

His touch..His gentleness...His Hope - finally home where we belong! Makes all the difference!
Love it!
Love you,
Julie

Debby@Just Breathe said...

Sounds like a lovely adventure.

Denise said...

What a wonderful adventure and experience!

We have so much hope when we feel and hear the awesome power of our Lord!

Blessings for a joyful weekend! :)
Denise

Reformed rebel said...

I love your list of what you are grateful for. What an awesome experience you must have had going to Israel!

Blessings...Chelle