Weeping for Sorrow and Joy

On Tuesday, October 18, 2011, Israeli Soldier Gilad Shalit walked into fresh air and sunshine after 1,941 days of captivity. Held by the terrorist group, Hamas, in an unknown location reportedly in a fifteen meter (almost 50 feet) deep shaft, heavily booby trapped to prevent Israel from attempting a rescue of the IDF soldier. Allegedly, the orders given to those holding him by the Hamas leadership were to ‘keep him in good shape.’ Whether he was kept in good shape or not will be told in the next weeks, months, years. Certainly, the pictures of a tall, frail, pale Israeli soldier dressed in new and clean IDF garb indicate the conditions were less than good.
There has been much written, discussed and verbalized about the release of Gilad. Those who’ve lost loved ones by the bloody hands of the 1027 terrorist being traded for Gilad, have expressed their fury over his release. Yet, not one of those parents, siblings, wives/husbands would have wanted Gilad held another day, they just didn’t want his release to come by allowing the murderer(s) of their loved ones to walk free. Who can blame them? Certainly none of us who’ve sat back and watched in dismay as the drama has unfolded.
But I cannot help but ask, “What if this were my son?” Wouldn’t I want him released at all costs? “What if my son/daughter/husband/wife/parents were the victims, what would I think?” There is no correct answer.
I’m just as certain that Gilad’s parents never thought for one moment that the lives of those who had been taken were less important than their son. I’m sure they never imagined that 1027 terrorist would be released for the life of one Israeli soldier, but that is what has and is happening. The first round of 450 Palestinian terrorist released were taken by bus to the Gaza strip where there was dancing in the streets, wild revelry and a holiday was declared. Gilad was released by Hamas to the Egyptians in Cairo and transported via Israeli military choppers to Israel and freedom. It is emotional. It is deeply personal even though none of us knew him personally, we can still relate to this boy-turned-man-in-captivity as he stepped from the belly of the helicopter and saluted Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyhu.
I cannot and will not fault Israel for this deal. I have no idea what was going on behind the scenes nor do I know what plans lie ahead. I can only hope and pray that those who found the Munich murderers are still active and prepared.
I do know this, Gilad was released on Tuesday, the only day when God said, “it is good” twice. And, I know that it was the 18th of October, the 6th day of Succot, the holiday when Israel remembers and celebrates her release from Egyptian captivity. To this, I can only say, Amen.
Tonight, I rejoice with Israel. I weep with Israel. I pray for Israel and that this endless round of blood shed will stop and that Israel will know peace – a true peace and that she will remain intact as a strong and united nation, undivided, completely and wholly whole.


About heartlandheartbeat

Margy Pezdirtz has been a leader in the Christian Zionist movement for over twenty-five years. She has diligently worked as an activist in the church and community to increase awareness of Israel, to teach on Judeo-Christian relationships, and to promote the cause of Israel in whatever manner deemed necessary. It is her firm belief that in order to make a difference in the church, and the world, for the cause of Israel, a solid network of like-minded people has to be established at the grass roots level.
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