Over the past week I encountered Israel in a documentary movie and a book. Our small group went to see Route 60: The Biblical Highway. Although my husband and I have been to Israel and visited places from the southern tip of Israel to the northern edge, we saw some new sites in the movie.
On our tour we did not go to Rachel’s tomb, located a little south of Jerusalem. The movie shows the interior of a building that now surrounds the original tomb. You can read about the tomb and see pictures here. I learned that the site is a center for prayer, some praying for the gift of conceiving a child.
Route 60, a highway down the center of Israel, links places of significance in the life of Abraham, Sarah and their descendants. The Bible is illuminated by the historical sites.
While the scenes of Israel were still in my mind, I finished reading Once We Were Home by Jennifer Rosner. During WWII many Jewish children were hidden, taken in by families and by the Catholic Church to save them from the concentration camps. Rosner has written a novel that shows various situations.
What happened when a child’s parents died? Were Jewish relatives able to recover the child? How were Jewish orphans collected and sent to Israel? How did the disruptions in family affect the children?
The book captivated me and I learned one more perspective on WWII and the early years of Israel, after it once more became a nation in 1948.
I have been musing about the tragedy of broken families. God designed families for the protection and nurture of children. When traumatic events break up a family, we need to seek God’s help to bring healing. We are blessed to have Jesus intercede for us, because he understands every kind of human suffering.
In our current culture there are many opinions about family and ideas about redesigning it. God’s design of the human family, the biological ties, has deep meaning that we must respect for our own good.