Saturday, November 17, 2012

Vineyards in the Jura

The Psalms take on added power during times of danger and of fierce fighting, like  now.

For Psalm Challenge, here is Psalm 80.
(My beloved Swiss photos can be enlarged with a click or two.)

  For the leader; on shoshanim, eduth; of Asaph. A psalm.

1Give ear, O Shepherd of Israel, you who lead Joseph like a flock! You who are enthroned upon the cherubim, shine forth
2before Ephraim and Benjamin and Manasseh. Stir up your might, and come to save us!
3Restore us, O God; let your face shine, that we may be saved.
4O Lord God of hosts, how long will you be angry with your people’s prayers?
5You have fed them with the bread of tears, and given them tears to drink in full measure.
6You make us the scorn of our neighbors; our enemies laugh among themselves.
7Restore us, O God of hosts; let your face shine, that we may be saved.

8You brought a vine out of Egypt; you drove out the nations and planted it.
9You cleared the ground for it; it took deep root and filled the land.
10The mountains were covered with its shade, the mighty cedars with its branches;
11it sent out its branches to the sea, and its shoots to the River.
12Why then have you broken down its walls, so that all who pass along the way pluck its fruit?
13The boar from the forest ravages it, and all that move in the field feed on it.

14Turn again, O God of hosts; look down from heaven, and see; 

have regard for this vine,
15the stock that your right hand planted.

16They have burned it with fire, they have cut it down; may they perish at the rebuke of your countenance.
17But let your hand be upon the one at your right hand, the one whom you made strong for yourself.
18Then we will never turn back from you; give us life, and we will call on your name.
19Restore us, O Lord God of hosts; let your face shine, that we may be saved.
Translation: NRSV New Revised Standard Version, c. 1989

Vines and vineyards on the Jura Mountains, near Lake Neuchatel, Switzerland.
Israel does have vineyards but I have not yet visited them. 


mirae said...

Dina!I am sending you my prayers and I am praying for an immediate cease fire so that not one more drop of blood is shed.We will never stop praying for miracles because we know that miracles can happen.

and I also pray that the world comes to the rescue of the Palestinians not by supplying arms for Hamas but to take them out of their impoverishment which is at the cause of the military conflict.
The global economy is to blame-some are deprived of the necessities of life while others live in extravagant waste,individuals and entire countries.

Let the torah and the koran and all biblical interpretations be used to build fluorishing spiritual and physical abundance in a parched world-the communion of bread and not to promote murder of the innocent as warfare does.
Dina I pray for your strength and safety.
Sending you the biggest HUG on the planet.

Robert Geiss said...

Yes, always of great joy to see young wine after winter time. Yes, a great mean to measure time and life.

Hope you are fine.

Thank you very much for your kind participation. Please have a safe Sunday ahead.

mary gerdt said...

Powerful Psalm entry and great photos. Keep healthy and safe.mary

Cloudia said...

Excellent treatment!

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Spiderdama said...

I like this translation and your pictures fit well. No 3 looks like Norway in November.

Prayers for peace and love for Israel

diane b said...

Your photos match the psalm very well and from a beautiful area of Switzerland too. We are seeing the horror on TV and I thought of you . Hoping you stay safe

Honest Abe said...

Enjoyed this post.

Birdman said...

Amazing root image. I love it.
Yes, may peace find you, and all in this land.

VP said...

Very strange images....

JM said...

Wonderful choice of photos to go with the psaml. Great work, Dina.

Right now I'm watching what's going on at the border with Gaza. Very very scary!

'Tsuki said...

Thanks for having the will to participate despite this terrible situation your country is actually living.

Your illustration of this psalm is so great... Were those pictures taken in France's Jura ?

Dina said...

Friends, thanks for your thoughts.

'Tsuki, the photos are from my frequent hikes in the Swiss Jura, canton of Neuchatel, but not far from France.

Sara said...

I could tell that was in Europe somewhere just seeing the photos. Interesting how each place seems to have its own "look" and I couldn't really define exactly what it is but somehow we can recognize the differences (usually).

The last photo is so interesting with all those stacked vines. I never saw anything like that before.

Still watching the news and praying for the situation . . .

Thistle Cove Farm said...

This post is so lovely; the photos are perfect for the verses.
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Kay said...

These are such interesting photos, Dina... especially that last one.