Don’t need to understand. We need to trust.” “Pray for me, Nijmeh! I do want to trust—but there’s such a tempest inside me!” For a long while we sat side by side, with Nijmeh’s hand on mine. Finally she said, “I want to share with you a lesson that I learned years ago when I lost my sight: Trusting God is not a feeling; it’s a decision. We can’t always change our feelings, but we can exercise our will.” “But how can I stop being concerned for her?” “You can’t. But you can decide with your will to trust her to God—and then seal your decision by declaring it aloud with your voice.” And there in Nijmeh’s presence I made my decision: “No matter what happens, I will trust God—for Tikva—for myself—for all that lies ahead"
First God gives to us—Then we give back to God—Finally God gives back again to us—blessed and multiplied beyond our power to imagine.
choosing my words slowly and carefully with a sense that they were being recorded in heaven, “with Your help—I will take my appointed place—as a watchman on the walls of Jerusalem.
I suddenly came to see that we Christians have a debt that has gone unpaid for many centuries—to Israel and to Jerusalem. It is to them that we owe the Bible, the prophets, the apostles, the Savior Himself. For far too long we have forgotten this debt, but now the time has come for us to begin repaying it—and there are two ways that we can do this. First, we need to repent of our sins against Israel: at best, our lack of gratitude and concern; at worst, our open contempt and persecution.
In Danish she frequently repeated, “Tak for blodet!”—“Thank you for the blood!” The weaker her flesh became, the more clearly the strength of her spirit shone forth.
Then say to yourself, “If I don’t do the work, no one else will do it.