Peace Dance

Greetings from a hot a Jerusalem!

Yesterday, with all it's celebrations marking Jerusalem Day for the Israelis, came to a close – but there are tons of youth still moving about the Old City today!

Most of the garbage has been cleared and the barricades removed – but soldiers and police are still visible... why?

For many it is a time full of passion and emotions. With Prime Minister Olmerts departure to America and all he's expected to achieve in brining peace, not to mention all his personal dilemmas at the moment, it's a highly sensitive time.

I am an optimistic person –and I think it's important to be positive too. Discussion is the key to opening confidence, and on the eve of Mr. Olmerts departure some commentators are calling for talks on all of Israel's fronts.

Some see this as a 'last dance' for Olmert and President Bush. It kinda makes sense if you look at the ticking clock for these politicians. Is it possible that US participation in Israel-Syria peace talks would be President Bush's and Prime Minister Olmert's big, and likely last, chance to strike a cord of hope? It would be an opportunity to end the conflict between these two countries and tip the balance in the Middle East.

Will they step up?

When leaders sit with each other, do you wonder what they ask of each other? History records that future generations often play a role in leaders decisions. For others it is control, exit strategy, legacy...

God asks us to Pray for the leaders over us. I'll leave the details to God Almighty – but I know He would like to see humans live without fear - or a life without threat of war.

Ironically, today's papers are full of the fact that Olmert will be asking Bush for F22's and an advanced Missile system.

A strong military is key to peace, but I will pray for an olive branch in the beak of a dove - for all the children of this region.

Join me!

Brian

The Sound of Protection

Hello All!

Today is a beautiful clear spring day – but so far this morning the roar of jet fighters high above has been present.

I went to the news services and see that Syria has apparently increased it's troop presence along it's border with Israel. This makes headline news here. It has caused the Defense Minister Ehud Barak to cancel his planned trip to Germany.

Action/Reaction – I suppose it is the same anywhere in the world, but perhaps here in the Middle East such things may have greater ramifications worldwide. But I think the larger picture is that Israel is sending an audible message to all the parties involved, including Hezbollah, who's tactical leader was killed not to long ago. Israel is expecting retaliation – and with that will come another strike.

This constant roar above also sends a message to the citizens down below that their government is looking out for them.

Continuing to hear the buzz in the sky, I asked myself that same question Jerusalem's first Jewish King asked... David asked, "From where does my help come from? It comes from the Lord".

I imagined what the sound of that oversight from the Almighty might be – and since I have been hearing the springtime song of the birds in my courtyard, I cannot help but think of the wings of the seraphim and cherubim in God's presence. Though not heard – the reality is that angles stand guard over me in this special place.

Danger is all over. I appreciate those who serve the State to provide protection for it's citizens.

And evil is everywhere. It manifests itself all over in different ways including worry, fear, and paranoia. I am thankful that my citizenship is in Heaven, and until that day when I find myself in the New Jerusalem, I know that the silent swoosh of angelic wing will watch over me.

This means I can go out and enjoy this beautiful day – I am covered – and need not worry about tomorrow.

Thankfully so,

Brian

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