One of the books I used to learn how to read, ever so many years ago, was a children's version of the Old Testament. How I marveled at the stories back then, a huge picture book resting in my lap, almost as big as I was, teaching me worthy ways of growing bigger, in mind as well as body, in heart as well as mind.
As the years roll on, and I learn more about my world around me, I learn to appreciate the miracle that is Israel. A nation that can teach so much, to so many, if only they would listen.
How do they keep their decency when surrounded by such a sea of evil and envy? How do they retain their faith in their future when assaulted by so many murderers determined to bring their existence to an end? How do they continue their courage when the whole world, it sometimes seems, stands against them?
It's a mystery, one that I admire them for. The more I learn about them, the more I realize how much more learning there remains to be done.
I stand with Israel. I admire what I see in her, what I've learned about her, and what I continue to discover.
God Bless Israel.