The Lord is my Shepherd
I shall not want
He maketh me to lie down in green pastures
He leadeth me beside the still waters
He restoreth my soul
He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness
For His name sake
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death -
I will fear no evil -
For Thou art with me
Thy rod and Thy staff they comfort me
Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies
- That's Hope!
Thou annointest my head with oil
- That's Consecration!
My cup runneth over
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life
And I will dwell in the house of the Lord
Face it, the Lord is crazy about you, may he shine his face upon you and yours!
We walked among the crosses
Where our fallen soldiers lay.
And listened to the bugle
As TAPS began to play.
The Chaplin led a prayer
We stood with heads bowed low.
And I thought of fallen comrades
I had known so long ago.
They came from every city
Across this fertile land.
That we might live in freedom.
They lie here 'neath the sand.
I felt a little guilty
My sacrifice was small.
I only lost a little time
But these men lost their all.
Now the services are over
For this Memorial Day.
To the names upon these crosses
I just want to say,
Thanks for what you've given
No one could ask for more.
May you rest with God in heaven
From now through evermore.
- C W Johnson
Why is the nation of Israel so important to those who believe the Bible? Because it was prophesied in the Bible that it would become a nation again. This is the only ancient civilization to ever come back. A blast from the past you might say!
Let's look at one such passage, Isaiah 11:11-16. Verse 11 states:
It shall come to pass in that day
That the Lord shall set His hand again the second time
To recover the remnant of His people who are left,
From Assyria and Egypt,
From Pathros and Cush,
From Elam and Shinar,
From Hamath and the islands of the sea. -11
Sometime after Isaiah wrote these words, Israel was to be regathered to its homeland. The reference to a "second time" as well as the places from which they would return suggests that this is not the return from the Babylonian exile.
He will set up a banner for the nations,
And will assemble the outcasts of Israel,
And gather together the dispersed of Judah
From the four corners of the earth.-12
Also the envy of Ephraim shall depart,
And the adversaries of Judah shall be cut off;
Ephraim shall not envy Judah,
And Judah shall not harass Ephraim.-13
But they shall fly down upon the shoulder of the Philistines toward the west;
Together they shall plunder the people of the East;
They shall lay their hand on Edom and Moab;
And the people of Ammon shall obey them. -14
The LORD will utterly destroy the tongue of the Sea of Egypt;
With His mighty wind He will shake His fist over the River,
And strike it in the seven streams,
And make men cross over dryshod.-15
There will be a highway for the remnant of His people
Who will be left from Assyria,
As it was for Israel
In the day that he came up from the land of Egypt. -16
According to the whole passage, several significant features will characterize this return. First, verse 13 suggests that Israel will no longer be two nations as it was during Solomon's time. Second, Israel will fight the surrounding nations, such as the Philistines, the Edomites, The Moabites, the Ammonites, and the Egyptians as a part of this return (v. 14-15). Third, something spectacular will happen to dry up the "tongue of the sea of Egypt" and the "River," presumably the Euphrates (v.15). Fourth, the places from which the return will take place are explicitly named, except for the general phrase "islands" of the sea" (v.11).
Of these four items, three have already occurred in the return of Jews to Israel in our own generation; only the third has not yet taken place.
The return of Jews to Palestine and the formation of a state of their own is amazing in itself, given that just a century ago the territory was controlled by the Muslim Turks who hated the Jews. Yet a world Zionist movement was formed; the land came under the control of Britain at the end of World War I; Britain allowed the Jews to have a homeland; the Nazi holocaust drove Jews to Palestine who otherwise would have stayed in Europe; the United Nations agreed to partition Palestine into an Arab and a Jewish state; and the Jews were able to defeat a coalition of Arab states bent on their destruction.
The Israeli Declaration of Independence, made on 14 May 1948, the day the British Mandate expired, was the official announcement that the new Jewish state named the State of Israel had been formally established in parts of what was known as the British Mandate for Palestine and on land where, in antiquity, the Kingdoms of Israel and Judah had once been.
In Israel the event is celebrated annually with the national holiday Yom Ha'atzmaut (Hebrew: יום העצמאות, lit. Independence Day), the timing of which is based on the Hebrew calendar date of the declaration. Palestinians commemorate the event as Nakba Day (Catastrophe Day) on 15 May every year.
The Jewish state formed in 1948 in Palestine included persons descended from both the northern and southern tribes. The enmity of the divided kingdoms that existed at Isaiah's time has, in fact, been healed.
Israel has already fought with all the surrounding nations, in 1948, 1956, 1967, and 1973. Though the Philistines, Edomites, and such are no longer identifiable as separate peoples, the Arab nations occupying their lands (and most likely including some of their descendants) are Egypt, Palestine, Jordan, and Syria. These were the nations Israel fought and dispossessed to regain its territory.
Happy Birthday Israel! Has it been 61 years already? Did all this happen by chance? Was it just one big coincidence? Well I guess that is for you to decide.
Taken from [Wikipedia Israel] and "Israel's History Written in Advance"
"Mom, you are wonderful mother,"
So loving, caring, "so gentle, yet so strong."
"The many ways you show you care,"
"You always make me feel I belong."
"You're a dependable source of comfort;"
Always willing to lend a hand.
"You help in times of trouble;"
You support me whenever you can.
"I love you more than you know,
You have my total respect.
If I had a choice of mothers,
You'd be the one I'd select!"
"Super Mom" by Joanna Fuchs
Thank you Mom,for all that you have done for me.You have blessed my life in more ways that I can count.I just wanted to let you know that I love you and I
wanted to wish you a Happy Mother's Day and all the days after that!
I also want to thank all you mother's out there! Thank you for being there for your families and helping your families in so many ways. I know that many of you don't get the respect you deserve especially for all you do. So please all you mothers out there, enjoy your day and know that you are loved and admired and deserve a day of praise. Thank you Moms!