Tehillim 126/Psalm 126

Psalm 126

A Song of Ascents.

When Adonai restored the captivity of Zion,
we were like those who dream.
Then our mouth was filled with laughter,
and our tongue with a song of joy.
Then they said among the nations,
“Adonai has done great things for them.”
Adonai has done great things for us—
we are joyful!
Restore us from captivity, Adonai,
like streams in the Negev.
Those who sow in tears
will reap in joy.
He who continually goes forth weeping,
bearing seed for sowing,
will surely come back with a song of joy,
carrying his sheaves.

שִׁ֗יר הַֽמַּ֫עֲל֥וֹת בְּשׁ֣וּב יְ֭הוָה אֶת־שִׁיבַ֣ת צִיּ֑וֹן הָ֝יִ֗ינוּ כְּחֹלְמִֽים׃
אָ֤ז יִמָּלֵ֪א שְׂח֡וֹק פִּינוּ֮ וּלְשׁוֹנֵ֪נוּ רִ֫נָּ֥ה אָ֭ז יֹאמְר֣וּ בַגּוֹיִ֑ם הִגְדִּ֥יל יְ֝הוָ֗ה לַעֲשׂ֥וֹת עִם־אֵֽלֶּה׃
הִגְדִּ֣יל יְ֭הוָה לַעֲשׂ֥וֹת עִמָּ֗נוּ הָיִ֥ינוּ שְׂמֵחִֽים׃
שׁוּבָ֣ה יְ֭הוָה אֶת־שבותנושְׁבִיתֵ֑נוּכַּאֲפִיקִ֥ים בַּנֶּֽגֶב׃
הַזֹּרְעִ֥ים בְּדִמְעָ֗ה בְּרִנָּ֥ה יִקְצֹֽרוּ׃
הָ֘ל֤וֹךְ יֵלֵ֨ךְ ׀ וּבָכֹה֮ נֹשֵׂ֪א מֶֽשֶׁךְ־הַ֫זָּ֥רַע בֹּֽ֬א־יָב֥וֹא בְרִנָּ֑ה נֹ֝שֵׂ֗א אֲלֻמֹּתָֽיו׃

Just When

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Expect

Just when I thought I had found my niche,
Not even just my niche
Rather my calling

Just when I landed my life in measure
Despite the disappointments
The surety of the knowing became comfortable

Just then

You came and shifted things all around
You changed it all up in a moment
In just a moment
You made a way
Where I thought there was no way

Just when I thought I had to figure it out
Wrestle it through
Be frustrated to no end
or hopefully be frustrated to a good end

You came
You breathed
You spoke
You answered where I had barely asked

My expectations blown out of the water
Once again
By the G-d who is far more moved by me
Than I will ever fully comprehend

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Am Yisrael Chai (The People of Israel Live)

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The prompt is:

Alive

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Barracks and Watchtower at Former Concentration Camp Auschwitz ll-Birkenau

Let me tell you a little story.

Today is Purim, or the feast of Esther. The Jewish people were preserved from destruction in Esther’s day. Who could have imagined there would be a company of people in modern times that were far worse than Haman of Esther’s day? Who could have imagined that so few would lift their voices against such a hellish plan of annihilation in “Christian” nations?

I’ve been on a couple of journeys in the last year related to these things.

First, I went to Auschwitz (and Birkenau) – the former Nazi concentration camp that symbolizes the desired annihilation of the Jewish people. This place represents the Shoah (Holocaust). This place witnessed more murder of and cruelty towards the Jewish people than they ever could have imagined. The betrayal by those who had been their neighbors for centuries nearly crushed their corporate soul. Auschwitz and Birkenau tell a story of death, darkness and brutality. But the story doesn’t end there.

The story begins again in Israel.

After going to Auschwitz, I went to Israel again. You have to go to Israel after Auschwitz. This is where the life is. The people of Israel were reborn in a way. G-d regathered his people to the place he promised. The people he called himself after – the G-d of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob – were remembered. G-d preserved his people in Esther’s day and G-d preserved his people in our day. Because Israel lives, we know G-d lives.

Happy Purim! ✨

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those who wait on G-d

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Today’s prompt is:

Weary

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The youth will faint and grow weary, the young men shall utterly fall, but those who wait on the G-d shall renew their strength…they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint. Isaiah 40

The Holy One of Israel
Doesn’t grow weary
He doesn’t faint
nor forget his people
in their difficulty

He doesn’t turn away
from the people
He called after himself

As Jerusalem suffers,
As Israel experiences
Bigotry and boycotts,
Hatred and murder
From enemies on every side

Holy One of Israel
Rise up on behalf of Jerusalem
Rise up on behalf of your people

You do not grow weary
You do not slumber nor sleep
You watch over Israel

You will finish what you started
in this people you chose
For your name
and your glory

Abba, help your people today
Let Israel know you are with them
To deliver them

He who keeps Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep Tehillim/Psalm 130

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Hear, O Israel

Shema - Hear, O Israel
Shema – Hear, O Israel

Writing Every Day for Thirty-One Days
to Speak Life over Israel

While much of the earth is speaking death and accusation over the Jewish nation, let’s take 31 days to do the opposite. Let’s speak life over the nation of Israel and the Jewish people.

Day 28: Hope

There is hope in the midst of the storm
Israel, remember your G-d, your maker
Remember the one who formed and fashioned you,
Who made and called you forth

Israel, you are not forgotten nor forsaken
The G-d of the whole earth is your G-d
He watches over you
He keeps you
He calls you his own

Israel, your hope is in your G-d
He is jealous over you
He is zealous for you
He is calling you near

In the midst of trial
Run into the embrace of your maker
In the midst of tribulation
Turn to him

He will deliver you, O Israel
The only true and living G-d
will deliver and bring you life
He is breathing life into you
He is restoring your soul
He is redeeming you
Your G-d never sleeps nor slumbers

Hear, O Israel,
Trust in the Lord
from this time forth and forevermore
He is yours
You are his
Your hope is in your G-d

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ChaiIsrael

Chai is the Hebrew word for Life

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Israel, Remember Your Destiny

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Writing Every Day for Thirty-One Days
to Speak Life over Israel

While much of the earth is speaking death and accusation over the Jewish nation, let’s take 31 days to do the opposite. Let’s speak life over the nation of Israel and the Jewish people.

Day 25: Crash

As the difficulties come and stay
and do not quickly fade away
May you help Israel to find their safety in you
O G-d of Israel

Today as the tumult ebbs and flows
in the land you called your own
Would you help your people
to know you, to see you,
to love you with all their heart, soul and strength

Shema Yisrael
Adonai Eloheinu
Adonai Echad
Baruch Shem Kavod
Malkhuto Le’olam va’ed

This day Abba calls you home
O Israel
to love him with all your heart, all your soul
and with all your strength

He hasn’t left you alone
He hasn’t forsaken you
He will keep all his promises
to you and your descendants forever

Hear, O Israel
The Lord is G-d
He is one

Remember this daily
Do not forget who you are
O Israel, Sons of Jacob
Do not forget your destiny
Your G-d has written for you

Isa 49

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Chai is the Hebrew word for Life

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Come to Me

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Writing Every Day for Thirty-One Days
to Speak Life over Israel

While much of the earth is speaking death and accusation over the Jewish nation, let’s take 31 days to do the opposite. Let’s speak life over the nation of Israel and the Jewish people.

Writing with sorrow over the last week of increased terror and loss of life in Israel.

Day 17: Offer

Israel, come to me
The offer resounded in the heart of the son

Israel heard this phrase
Over and over and over again
Yet he could not quite comprehend
What it meant
and where it was coming from

In your fear and anxiety,
Israel, come to me

He heard this phrase
and desperately wanted it to be real
Yet nothing had ever helped before

Israel felt stuck
and unable to trust anyone anymore
No one loved him
No one really cared for this son
Forgotten and forsaken by all
Yet remembered by one

Come to me, my son
The voice resounded
It was so loud this time

Israel turned towards the voice
He fell on his face
and wept
Desperately
He waited for the voice
to lead him home

Abba, please hear Israel’s desperate cries in these days and show Israel the way to safety.

Israel, trust in Adonai, from this time forth and forevermore. Tehillim/Psalm 131

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Chai is the Hebrew word for Life

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Shabbat Shalom

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Writing Every Day for Thirty-One Days
to Speak Life over Israel

While much of the earth is speaking death and accusation over the Jewish nation, let’s take 31 days to do the opposite. Let’s speak life over the nation of Israel and the Jewish people.

Day 16: Green

As the Sabbath comes quickly
for the sons of Israel
May the green of new life spring forth
Despite the difficulty and darkness
Surrounding

O sons of Zion,
Run into the life
for which G-d created you
Find life in him

He is your life
and the length of your days

He is your hope
and your steadfast help

Despite the rage of darkness
and the apathy of the nations
The G-d of Israel is greater
He is higher

No matter who stands against you
Remember who is standing with you

He is your life, O Zion
He is the length of your days
Fall at his feet
in reverence
that the Holy One of Israel
May be exalted

Blessed are you,
O King of the universe
Who creates the fruit of the vine
and brings forth the bread from the earth

Shabbat Shalom, O Israel
May you enter into his shalom this day

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As the Storm Rages

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Writing Every Day for Thirty-One Days
to Speak Life over Israel

While much of the earth is speaking death and accusation over the Jewish nation, let’s take 31 days to do the opposite. Let’s speak life over the nation of Israel and the Jewish people.

Day 12: Storm

As the storm rages
in the land of your inheritance
O My people
Lift your eyes to me
Lift your hearts to me
I am your help,
I am your keeper
I do not slumber nor sleep

Trust in me, O Israel
Turn your eyes to me, my beloved people
Run into my arms for safety and deliverance
Cry out to me in your difficulty
I will help you
I will keep you
I love you
I will preserve you
I will preserve your life from destruction

As the storm rages all around
Come to me
Find rest and safety in me
Find peace and hope in me
I am your safety
I am your hope

O Israel, run into me

I will lift my eyes to the hills, where does my help come from? My help comes from Adonai, Maker of heaven and earth. Tehillim/Psalm 121

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Chai is the Hebrew word for Life

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Hear O Israel – A Prayer

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Writing Every Day for Thirty-One Days
to Speak Life over Israel

While much of the earth is speaking death and accusation over the Jewish nation, let’s take 31 days to do the opposite. Let’s speak life over the nation of Israel and the Jewish people.

Day 9: Trust

Hear O Israel, the Lord your G-d is one G-d
You shall love the Lord your G-d
With all your heart,
With all your mind
and with all your strength

O Israel, trust in the Lord
From this time forth
and forevermore

There is one G-d
and his name is one
He is the holy One of Israel

He renews those who wait on him
May Israel find their strength
in the Lord their G-d
O Israel, may you find hope
in his deliverance
May you find life today
May you find strength today

O King of the Universe
O Holy One of Israel
Preserve and protect your people today
Preserve and protect your city today
Make your name known to all who trust in you

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ChaiIsrael

Chai is the Hebrew word for Life

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