07 January 2006

Praying for Sharon

I've been wrestling and developing in this. When Sharon went back under the knife Friday afternoon, it hit me - he's just a man. He's just a man fighting for his life.

Also, it's like Mordechai tells Esther - don't think that if you don't do what needs to be done, it won't get done. It'll get done, don't you worry about it. It's about you - are you going to be the one to do it.

So too here. I shouldn't think that God's plan hinges on Sharon living or dying. God's not short on cards to play. Sharon's just a man.

I started to pray for him Friday afternoon - Ariel ben Devorah.

This evening a friend made a beautiful point. When the residents of Gush Katif in Gaza were being dragged out of their homes, even many of those who were pro-evacuation found a place for sympathy, found a place for care, cried with those farmers who were torn away from the land that they sweat and bled into for thirty years. So too here, those who disagree with Sharon's policies can find a place to care, find a place to pray for the man.


MC Aryeh said...

Hmmm...I don't think I was feeling turmoil because I was worried about Israel without Sharon, and had no difficulty praying for him as a human being. It is as you say - he is just a man. For me, it was simply awe and fear of the plan that is being set in motion for Israel by HaShem, and praying that He has mercy on us.

'laizer said...

I wasn't worried about Israel without Sharon - I was worried about Israel with Sharon. That was the source of my conflict.

MC Aryeh said...

I hear ya, but there is reason to worry and to not worry either way...