“Come unto me all you who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest.”Matthew 11; 28
Our beloved Jesus gave us these instructions and coming from the One who was perfectly obedient to His Father, I take them to heart! If ever we needed courage and grit to stand up it is today. The heart of darkness seeks to rule and reign but he loses.
I want to thank all of you who have prayed for me recently. I am just out of the Share Tz’dkek hospital (Gates of Righteousness) here in Jerusalem and taking it easy at home. It was six days of intense examinations, including 3 MRI’s, spinal tap, nerve and muscle
exams, countless blood tests, full-body scans. We have two weeks for all the results to come in. My only symptoms are double vision in my left eye, a very weak right hand and tiredness.
On Christmas Eve our home is opened to Israeli friends who love to come over and sit with us by the fireside. It is always very special and no one wants to go home. On Christmas day we will have 12 family members to enjoy our turkey feast, compliments of my sister Patricia. There will be no gifts this year, but each one is a gift and will bring something for the table, along with a story, or song, or memory to share with the rest of us.
As we remember that amazing prophecy in Micah 5:2
“But you Bethlehem Ephrathah though you were small among the clans of Judah. out of you shall come for Me, one who will be ruler over Israel.Whose origins are from old from ancient times.”
Matt 2:6, Luke 3:11, John 7:42.
I bow my heart in gratefulness for being brought into the realm of His Kingdom by His LOVE alone that was poured into my 4 years old world. I have received 76 years of mercy, miracles and memories; which grow sweeter day by day. I am filled with joy and gratefulness for the privilege of living the outworking of His “call” in my life. What a great Creator, I could never have imagined living the life we have lived, nor doing what we have done. Jay says “AMEN!”
Our immediate family is spread out from Jerusalem to Greece, to London, and Bristol, to Amsterdam and Helsinki. Trust me when all of us do get together it is a ‘balagan’, a Hebrew word for a circus, filled with fun and happiness.
We wouldn’t be here without God’s continual guidance and your prayers and intercessions. Fifty-two years ago, the Still Small Voice instructed:
“I am sending you into a minefield, do not turn to the right or the left unless you hear my voice.” Listening and obeying were our keys.
Jay and I know how important Jerusalem is in the eternal scheme of things. God said He put His Name here and calls Jerusalem, the navel of the earth. We know that one day our King Messiah (Christ) will reign from David’s throne right here! We have been given a front-row seat… It continues to be very challenging.
I hope that you enjoy this short beautiful film on Jerusalem and will pray daily for her peace. It is a commandment, not a suggestion. Pray for those who live here too, please.
In closing, here is a Hebrew worship song asking a question that has been on many of our lips. “When will YOU reign?”
Part of me is still very Canadian, and I fondly remember Christmas with huge snowdrifts everywhere. One of my fondest memories is of my “Grandaddy” who always called me “my wee lassie”. He was my mother’s father, for those of you who have read my latest book entitled: Stain Remover. He would take my brother and me out in the one-horse sleigh. We were tucked into a big bearskin rug, a hot brick warmed our feet, and before take-off, a bar of chocolate was popped into our mouths. I can still hear the sound of the bells jingling all over the horse’s harness as we glided over field and dale. Oh, how special it all was to young children. The wonder of Christmas!!
So I love this song and its message which asks the most important question in life?
“What shall I give Him?”
With the warmest Christmas greetings to you and your family.
Every blessing now and on into 2022. Remember, we are not alone.
We send you love from our home to you and yours.
Jay and Meridel, sons and family.
Meridel Rawlings PhD.
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