The bomb siren went off in Jerusalem this evening. Israeli media are reporting that there was a barrage of 40 long-range rockets from Gaza. As of this writing, there are no reported injuries. Israel began Operation Protective Edge early this morning, striking Hamas in Gaza. As many as a dozen have been killed by Israeli strikes, dozens more injured.
There was real hope among many here that the three kidnapped teens were alive even after being missing more than two weeks. We’ve since learned that they were probably killed not long after they were picked up. Hope deferred does make a heart sick.
“They just said on the radio,” she said, “that they’ve found the bodies of the three boys.” I scrambled to pull up the Times of Israel website on my laptop literally in my lap. There was the giant headline.
Followers of Jesus the Messiah from across the Middle East gather in Jerusalem to worship with their Jewish brothers.
Pastor Ali grew up Muslim but not religious. Once married and with children, he found that he was in a cycle of alcoholism and rage. He beat his wife every day, he says. He was ashamed but couldn’t help himself.Eventually his friends advised him to go seek Allah’s help by going on hajj, pilgrimage to Mecca.