Happy Mother’s Day once again! Though we looked to Sarah in a blessed Mother’s Day tribute this morning, I want to share glimpses of heartbreaking stories at the other end of the spectrum. I share them for a specific reason. I often ask you to pray, as Scripture commands, for the peace of Jerusalem. We also use Isaiah 62 as a prayer guide, committing ourselves not to be silent until Jerusalem is made a praise in the earth.
However, many obstacles exist…not the least of which is Palestinian mothers who raise their children to be martyrs. Perhaps the most infamous was Mariam Farhat, known as “Mother of Martyrs.” Mariam raised four boys to hate Israel and to be jihadist terrorist. Before her death in 2013 (at the age of only 64), she lost three of her boys in clashes with the IDF as they carried out attacks on Israel. The fourth was in an Israeli prison.
In 2014, Stand With Us posted the following video with this caption:
This Palestinian mother’s son was treated, free of charge, for his heart problem in an Israeli hospital. Watch as she acknowledges the kindness Israel has for Arabs, and continues on, in the same hospital, to explain why becoming a “martyr” is so important for Jerusalem.
Former Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir once said:
“Peace will come when the Arabs will love their children more than they hate us.”
As you think of and bless your own mother today, will you also take the time to pray specifically for Palestinian mothers who desperately need to know, understand and give their children the love that originates only through the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob?
PS: Be sure to come back tomorrow for news about a very tangible way in which you can bless Israel!