Tuesday, December 31, 2013

New Year

As 2013 is coming to a close ( in another 2 hours here in Israel) and 2014 is opening it's doors to us, The 2 Spies are looking backwards and forwards at the same time. We are so very grateful for all the support we have received from friends and family as we walked the Land this past year. We are looking forward to see what new avenues of adventure this next year will bring.

We know that we will have many blessing but we also know that we are headed into some tough times ahead. With many enemies surrounding us and forces from beyond in Europe and the United States playing tug-o-war with our borders, we can only look up to the Maker of the Covenant and the Keeper of Israel. We know that He is the One who sustains us and it is His Everlasting Arms that are under us supporting us.

We are grateful for the 'earthly' Shomers (guards) that He as assigned to watch over us~ the IDF. They are such a diverse group but their military service and dedication to Israel draws them together. We appreciate the strength it takes for our Sons and Daughters to carry this responsibility. For these we promise, with God's help, to continue to pray for them and assist them in any way possible.

May this next year be one of Peace for us all

The Unexpected Soldier

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Thru Jerusalem

An interesting YouTube video has come across the path of
The 2 Spies. It is by is an Israeli musician, composer, producer and animator Ophir Kutiel~  professionally known as Kutiman. His unique approach to the mixing of visual art and creative sound works a magical, mystical quality to his 'Thru Jerusalem' video. We do hope that you enjoy this as much as we do.

Kutiman~ Thru Jerusalem

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Hidden Honey

Today's blog is a repost from three years ago. Today is the yartzeit of a dear Sister~ Kristine Luken. We want to honor her memory and not forget her life of love for God and the Jewish people.

As I sit here at the computer, making my 5th attempt to write today's blog, I realize that sometimes there just are no words. There is no precise way to express the deluge of thought and emotion. I will try, with the understanding that all will be a feeble effort at best.

There is a 'Honey' in the Land of Milk and Honey that is not always seen or known to those who walk the streets. There is a sweetness that flavors the atmosphere that is tasted and ingested but those who savor it may not even know they have been a partaker of this hidden nourishment. As in cooking, where the sweetner added is not the dominate taste but that which takes the bitterness out of the finished result, so is this 'Honey' in the Land. Not known, seen or even fully appreciated, but ever present none-the-less and doing its job to take some of the bitterness away.

Now, hopefully, you are asking yourselves what is this 'Hidden Honey'.

The 'Hidden Honey' is the Righteous Gentile. There are those precious Gentiles who have a love for Israel that defies logic. They pray for Israel, not just because it is commanded in the Bible, but because they are committed to the Land and its people. They spend most of their waking hours working on behalf of the welfare of Israel. They invest their time, finances, strength, lives for the betterment of the Jewish people in the Land. They encourage others to love Israel. They speak to their governments to support Israel. They make countless trips to visit and if it were possible, they would give up everything to live here. Their zeal over Zion could put many of we Jewish people to shame. They are spoken of in Isaiah 49:

This is what the Sovereign LORD says: "See, I will beckon to the Gentiles, I will lift up my banner to the peoples; they will bring your sons in their arms and carry your daughters on their shoulders.

To labor, without reward, on behalf of Israel. This is their call. This is their work. This is their joy. 
Kristine Luken was just such a Righteous Gentile. Her heart was alive with passion for the Land and for the Jewish people. Her prayers and labors have been a Honey that have sweetened this country in ways that we enjoy but are not aware of.  This past Shabbat, while hiking the hills outside Jerusalem with an Israeli friend, Kristine's life was taken from her. She was brutally attacked and murdered. Her crime? The terrorists thought she was Jewish. Her friend barely survived. Dear Kristine, who identified with Israel in life, ended up identifying with Israel in death. She will be greatly missed by all her family and friends. But we believe that the sweetness of the Honey of her life will continue to flow in this Land of Milk and Honey.