Sunday, May 12, 2013

A message from the grave


  PSALM 103

1 Bless the Lord, O my soul,
and all that is within me,

bless his holy name.
2 Bless the Lord, O my soul,
and do not forget all his benefits—
3 who forgives all your iniquity,
who heals all your diseases,
4 who redeems your life from the Pit,
who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy,
5 who satisfies you with good as long as you live
so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
6 The Lord works vindication
and justice for all who are oppressed.
7 He made known his ways to Moses,
his acts to the people of Israel.
8 The Lord is merciful and gracious,
slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.
9 He will not always accuse,
nor will he keep his anger forever.
10 He does not deal with us according to our sins,
nor repay us according to our iniquities.
11 For as the heavens are high above the earth,
so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him;
12 as far as the east is from the west,
so far he removes our transgressions from us.
13 As a father has compassion for his children,
so the Lord has compassion for those who fear him.
14 For he knows how we were made;
he remembers that we are dust.
15 As for mortals, their days are like grass;
they flourish like a flower of the field;
16 for the wind passes over it, and it is gone,
and its place knows it no more.
17 But the steadfast love of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting
on those who fear him,
and his righteousness to children’s children,
18 to those who keep his covenant
and remember to do his commandments.

19 The Lord has established his throne in the heavens,
and his kingdom rules over all.
20 Bless the Lord, O you his angels,

you mighty ones who do his bidding,

obedient to his spoken word.

21 Bless the Lord, all his hosts,

his ministers that do his will.
22 Bless the Lord, all his works,
in all places of his dominion.
Bless the Lord, O my soul. 
Translation: NRSV 
1. On the grave of an old couple from Finland, at the Finnish moshav, Yad Hashmona, in the Jerusalem Hills.
On the right side of the book is Psalm 103:1 in Finnish and Hebrew.
On the left is Matthew 6:33.

2. "Relief depicting an angel holding a book, Church at Belvoir (Kochav Hayarden), late 12th C, limestone. . . . The angel is probably St. Matthew." Israel Museum, Jerusalem.
Haaretz just published a free article, with photos and video,  about Belvoir, the Crusader fortress.


Spiderdama said...

Very beautiful and touching, especially the first picture.
I enlarged it to see if I could understand some of the Finnish language, but difficult, it is not like the other Nordic.

Wish you a happy week Dina:-)

Hels said...

I must all the years I lived in Israel or visitd Israel, I'd never heard of a Finnish kibbutz. Who established the kibbutz and who lives there now?

crystal said...

Nice angel!

Happy mother's day, Dina :)

Dina said...

Spiderdama, Finnish is really unique, not like any language. I tried to learn it once but did not get much past "Kiitos."

Crystal, thanks!

Helen, It's not a kibbutz; more like a moshav shitufi.
You can see more about it by clicking on my label Yad Hashmona or see their Facebook page

Wiki says this:
"Yad Hashmona (lit. Memorial for the Eight) is a small moshav shitufi in central Israel, located in the Judean Mountains near Jerusalem.
...founded in 1971 by a small group of Finnish Christians. [1] It is named for eight Jewish refugees from Austria who escaped to Finland in 1938. The Finnish government, collaborating with the Nazis, handed the refugees over to the Gestapo in 1942. Seven of them died in Auschwitz. In 1978, a group of messianic Jews joined the moshav. Most of the members are now Israelis and the main spoken language is Hebrew. Due to intermarriage with Israeli Jews the moshav has become a center of Messianic Jews in Israel.
The community runs a guesthouse, convention center and banquet hall.
In 2000, a biblical village was inaugurated with the assistance of the Swiss Beth Shalom society and the Israel Antiquities Authority. A Biblical garden planted on the hillside replicates agriculture in ancient times.
Apart from tourism, the economy is based on carpentry."

More links are there.

Sara said...

Finnish and Hebrew is not a combination I would expect to see very often; but why not? I really like that little angel too. Thanks for including a little history of that moshav in the comments. Very interesting indeed.

VP said...

My grandmother promised to give me some numbers for the Lotto from up there. She died thirty years ago and I haven't yet heard from her.

Dina said...

It's like the old joke:
"God, why don't you ever let me win the Lotto?"
God: "Work with me. Buy a ticket."

JM said...

The top shot is lovely and the piece on the second is gorgeous!