Zion's Glory Update
March 20 2015
The following is a Zion's Glory prayer update from Eddie and Jackie Santoro in Israel. We encourage you to forward it to whomever you think might be interested in the following information. It is sent out in conjunction with a monthly newsletter. If you are currently not receiving this information and would like to become a regular subscriber, please forward your name, email and address to us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Dear Faithful Friend,
Jackie's mom passed away last week. She was almost 98. She's always been there. For Jackie that means nearly seven decades of Mom. For me that translates to 36 years of knowing and loving this woman who gave Jackie life.
I remember the first day I met her. I had met Jackie, brought her to faith and asked her to marry me ... all in a few short days. Our new destiny being set, we thought we should drive over to Mom's to share the good news with her.
It may have been good news to us but to Lillie, a deeply Jewish woman, her daughter's new faith in Yeshua and the sudden and intense love that we proclaimed for each other was a bit more than she could process. Outwardly, she maintained her composure but the nervous glances she shot my way telegraphed the distrust and worry that was gripping her at that moment.
No matter. Mom always did the right thing so just seven weeks later, we were married in a beautiful ceremony in Jackie's hometown Orthodox Synagogue, all planned and executed by her loving mom.
For the next 36 years she was there. She loved our son. Her family became our family. And in time those nervous glances were transformed into looks of love.
Several months ago, she told Fern, Jackie's sister and Mom's caregiver, that she felt her time was near and that we should come and visit. As quickly as we could, we flew to Florida and had some wonderful days with her. She was as she had always been. In some ways she was just like the Israelis we live amongst today-hard on the outside but soft and loving on the inside. She developed a cough the last few days we were there and upon our return to Israel, Fern told us that she was in the hospital with pneumonia.
Last Thursday, we gathered on a cold and snowy cemetery in rural New York to celebrate Mom's life. There were only a few of us there. She was the last survivor of her generation. As we lowered that simple pine box with its Star of David into the earth, we could only hope that she had beheld the One we had spoken of so often and that she had indeed recognized Him. It is our prayer that in that moment, His love melted the heart of this woman we also so loved.
We thank God for the life she shared with us and for the love that she always poured upon us. Today, although we praise God for her life of 98 years, we are poorer. There is now a void that can never be filled. Goodbye, Mom. You will be missed.
The elections are over. Although the dominant themes of the campaign were economic, Israelis voted about security first. It seems that in the end they chose to be concerned for their lives more than the possibility of living "the good life".
In the last days of the campaign, Netanyahu clearly and boldly declared that there would be no Palestinian State under his watch, that Jerusalem would not be divided but continue to grow as Israel's undivided capital and that he would continue to allow and encourage Jews to live in all of Judea and Samaria. Apparently his message found its mark. In one of the final polls a few days before the election, Netanyahu's party, Likud, was behind by 3 seats. By the time the counting was finished, Likud had trounced the more liberal left, Zionist Union, winning 30 seats to 24.
Over the next few weeks, Netanyahu will work to assemble additional political parties together into a coalition that must have a majority of 61 seats in the Israeli Parliament. If things unfold as expected, the new government will be more conservative, more religious and not what much of the world wants.
Pray that God who knows all that lies before this nation will set His government in place to lead Israel through the coming days. Please pray for Netanyahu as he negotiates with the other political parties to build the new government. Please pray for Israel as this nation faces the unjust wrath of a frustrated world. The coming period will most certainly usher in a new and more difficult period as Israel aligns itself with God's promises and not the wishes of men.
Please pray that President Obama would receive revelation on the purposes of God concerning Israel and that the USA would continue to stand with this nation.
We thank you for your love and support. Although the days before us promise to be quite challenging, in our hearts we rejoice - for we know that the best also lies before us.
We send you our love from Zion,
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