Leading up to the Restoring Courage event there were some really neat gatherings of religious leaders who spoke. The overwhelming message was one of love and working together for God's chosen people of Israel. I have always been interested in the Jewish people since I read 'The Diary of Anne Frank' as a girl and learned all I could about the holocaust. Now I am interested in the fate of Israel and the Jewish people because of all the prophecies in the Bible. It is very interesting to me and it will kill me my whole life that I didn't go to Israel when I had the chance many years ago.
The actual Restoring Courage event on the 24th was, I thought, very well done even though there were last minute changes since all the Muslims who were supposed to participate had to cancel. The threats against their lives grew so serious that it was understandable and Glenn knew that might happen. Sad that they would have to endure this though. (This because they would support Israel's right to exist.)
All the music was WONDERFUL. (Discovered two new wonderful singers Dudu Fisher and Alex Boye.)
Cool story: A man from the Mormon Tabernacle Choir (Alex Boye) felt inspired to come and sing the closing song for the event in Jerusalem. He flew across the world and even brought his own accompanist though he was not involved with the program in any way. Somehow a couple days before the event in Israel Glenn heard him sing. He then asked him the morning of the event to do the closing song. This man though surprised, agreed. He said the Spirit had told him and he had known for several years he was supposed to sing this particular song at an important event. (He is from Africa, grew up in England I think, but now lives in Utah since he performs with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.)
The main focus of all of this, was standing with Israel. As goes Israel, so goes the rest of the world.
Israel is being set up and the whole world, it seems, is against them.
Are we courageous enough to stand and say "Take me first!" were something like the holocaust to ever happen again? Will we wait and hope for the media to change their minds on Israel? (They won't.) History is repeating itself.
After all Israel has been through... they are remarkably patient. Yet today people are making the same mistakes. It is easier to flow with the majority as they condemn Israel, rather than stand for Israel. Just like in Hitler's days- people are turning a blind eye.
Israel is a tiny country, surrounded by enemies, enduring bombings daily, and the collective critisicm of the world's leaders, when all they want is to survive. I believe they have the right to defend their land and to survive. If you have never read the book by Corrie Ten Boom 'The Hiding Place', please read it. It makes you think about fear vs. love and courage to do what is right no matter what. I hope to be like their family one day. But putting that aside, one of the greatest testaments that the gospel is true, is that Israel, having been hated and persecuted since the beginning of time, still stands. God made a covenant with them, and we would do well to be on their side. I study history with my children, and all those empires who have taken over and destroyed Israel (Babylonians, Assyrians, Romans, etc), failed and now no longer exist... yet Israel stands.
Probably my favorite quote from the event:
"Evil is counting on us to do nothing. Evil is counting on us to be afraid. But evil had misjudged us. " - GB