Psalm 137:4-6 (Msg) “Oh, how could we ever sing God’s song in this wasteland?”
This was the question Ahuva* had an answer to as she watched the group of secular and Orthodox Jewish women, all terror victims, pray together during the Rosh HaShana (Jewish New Year) celebration a few months ago.
“Bless us all with a year of peace.”
“Bless our children that they might come and go in safety.”
“Bless us that this year we will learn to love the Arabs and not hate them.”
And all gathered echoed another hearty, “Amen!!”
This is not the kind of exchange one would expect to hear from those whose lives have been changed forever by personally experiencing a terrorist act. Yet this is the kind of response Ahuva is beginning to see with the women she works with in Israel.
|Orthodox women praying at the Kotel|
Ahuva runs an organisation dedicated to helping terror victims recover from their traumatic experiences. She reaches out to this broken group of people and gently, with the compassionate love of God, helps them to take steps towards regaining some sense of normality and healing in their lives. This year, Ahuva was able to provide special events for these ladies during the fairly long Feast and celebration season which is part of the Jewish calendar. It was her delight to report, “We have been awed to stand on the side lines over the past weeks and watch the kindness of God, drawing these women back to the land of the living. Those, who even last year wept with loss and grief, who went to ‘sleep’ for a month to avoid appearing before God with joy during the Feasts, have this year been singing a new song!”