Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Merciful He is ( from the draft "Figments of Light")

« O give thanks unto the Lord, for He is good, for His mercy endures forever ;
O give thanks unto the God of the gods, for His mercy endures forever ;
O give thanks unto the Lord of the Lords, for His mercy endures forever. »

Psalm 136 : 1-3

Yeshua glances at me. He sees my slowness in learning His teachings, watches me struggle and doubt constantly. He is aware of my incapacity to love. He sees all my flaws.
His immense heart covers all my faults and all my flaws. At the end of the day, He welcomes me into His arms and wraps me into His garment. At the end of the day, Yeshua is holding my tiny heart.
In the depths of the night, my guardian is providing with loving care.
Yeshua's love, my words can barely explain. All I know is that He and I are always together. He is the One who sustains me while my eyes sometimes express the fear of the unknown. Yeshua desires me to lean on Him and to do away with any kind of worries.

« I know the movie of your life and its ending, there is no reason to worry », my Savior says to me.

I am longing to be in His arms, my soul is seeking Him night and day.
Yeshua, my beloved, love me always.

« I am eternal, so is my love », Yeshua whispers to my ear.
« I love you eternally, my King », I whisper back to Yeshua's ear.

I am wrapped into His mantle of love ; I am ascending heavely spheres as I am sinking into deep sleep.

Yeshua the king of righteousness approaches me. His heart so pure is so close to my heart ; I am humbled by the sight of His soul without blemish who loves me so. No one who has really met the King would be able to boast with arrogance about his own righteousness.

Yeshua, my pure soul, reminds me of my sinful nature. I remain in permanent Teshuva ( repentance). I am conscious of my incapacity to love like the Master. Tears are cleaning the windows of my soul. Wash away my faults, o pure Lamb of Hashem !

Yeshua's mercy is the womb of a mother. Yeshua's mercy is the loving care of a father. He englobes both dimensions. So often my own heart condemned me ; every time Yeshua shows me forgiveness and comprehension.

May the soul not become forgetful. May the soul dwell in gratefulness ; for His mercies are immense.

Copyright© by Isabelle Esling

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Moschiach King's love will conquer the world ( from the draft "Figments of Light")

Numerous will they be, assaillants of the face if the earth. Myriads of prideful leaders will want to impose force and terror.
They will blindfold the masses and conduct them to the path of error.
The blind masses will elevate wickedness and hail it ; they will persecute the righteous.
They will be keen on imposing their standards and make them the official norm. When the levels of evilness will be at their apogee, you will notice the satisfactory glance into their soulless eyes.
When the earth will have sunk into total darkness, the artisans of wickedness will shout out in arrogance, praising the dark forces in a sarcastic laughter.

Then silence will be imposed to all from the authority of Heaven.
A huge flash of light will appear in the sky ; the wicked and the humble will both contemplate the Son of Man's Coming in glory.
« Shofars were warning us ; we would not listen », rotten souls will glance at Him in terror, crying for mercy with no intent of Teshuva ( repentance).
Yeshua, the King of glory will discard them.

The glory of the Shekinah will float in the air ; the righteous will acclaim the Master.
Moschiach King's Coming will generate an explosion of light like never before.

It is Shabbat ; I am walking in the street. I have the word « Bereshit » in front of my very eyes. I am playing with the combination of words I already know such as « Berith esh », «  Alliance of fire ». I am asking myself about other possibilities to arrange letters together.
All of a sudden, the expression « Bar Ish » imposes itself to me.
« Bar Ish », is that the equivalent of « Ben Adam » ?
After Shabbat, I am interrogating my computer and the astonishing answer is YES.

Yeshua just showed me that He was hidden in the first word of the Torah.

This revelation is so powerful. In the beginning was the Word. Yeshua, the author of my Salvation, the Living Torah, the Word made flesh unveiled my sight !

Where Yeshua remains, darkness will flee. My soul finds its peace in Him.

Copyright© by Isabelle Esling

Thursday, March 23, 2017

MIQEDEM - DODI LI מקדם - דודי לי

The complex notion of the Kingdom of Heaven in rabbi Yeshua's perspective

When rabbi Yeshua spoke to His disciples or to the Pharisees or to some non-Jews, He wasn't always perfectly understood. Why is it so? 
People are used to thinking in very worldly terms, while rabbi Yeshua's words originate from Heaven.
Rabbi Yeshua's teachings are very spiritual and one's ear needs to catch the very meaning of His words in Spirit.

Very often, Yeshua mentioned the expression "Kingdom of Heaven". 

When speaking of "malchut hashamayim" (מלכוּת השׁמים) or "malchut haElohim" (מלכוּת האלֹהים) ( the Kingdom of Heaven or the Kingdom of Elohim), most of us think of something very abstract, that concerns the world to come.

Sometimes this expression has this meaning, especially when we pray " tavo malchuteicha"(תבוֹא מלכוּתך), "Your Kingdom come". When know that, at the very time of our Moschiach King Yeshua's return, His Kingdom will be established for ever. 
True disciples are longing for this moment to come.

However, when rabbi Yeshua addresses the Pharisees in Luke, Chapter 17, verses 20-21, He is speaking of something else.

"The Prushim asked Him, saying:
"When will the Kingdom of God ( malchut haElohim) come?"
"He answered and said to them,
"The Kingdom of God will not come with the appearance of the eyes.
People will not say" here it is, or there it is.
For the Kingdom of God is in your midst." Delitzsch Hebrew Gospels, Luke 17: 20-21

The Hebrew version of the text translates in your midst by "bekirbechem" (בּקִרְבְּכֶם), which would mean "in your inside", so "inside of you".

Malchut Hashamayim is also the notion of divine justice that is applied in our everyday life.
Malchut HaElohim also happens every time a tzaddik is doing what is right in Hashem's eyes.
So each time, you are acting in loving kindness, according to Yeshua's invaluable teachings, you too are accomplishing "malchut hashamayim".

Yeshua wants us to be active participants to the divine justice. Through our behavior and actions, we are honoring and speeding the accomplishment of it.

May we be active workers for the Kingdom of Elohim until our Messiah comes back in glory!


Copyright© by Isabelle Esling

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Lessons learnt from Na'aman's healing ( 2 Kings 5)

Among many skin diseases, leprosy (tza'arat in Hebrew) was probably one of the worst that could happen to anyone. According to the Torah, you were declared IMPURE if affected by the disease. If you were part of the Community of Israel, a law of quarantine was applied to you.
Na'aman was affected by this disease. The full story is reported in the Second Book of the Kings, Chapter 5. Thanks to his young Israeli captive, his wife's servant, Na'aman would be cured completely.

I recently re-read the full story and our Lord showed me some invaluable teachings about Na'aman's healing.

Beware: pride is your worst enemy

Na'aman expected prophet Elisha to come in person and to act in a certain way regarding his healing. This was probably his personal conception of healing. The general also felt offended because Elisha did not come in person and sent a servant instead to give him some precise instructions about his healing.

I too confess unnecessary pride when expecting healing from our Lord. I do repent of this behavior upon which Yeshua opened my eyes. I am asking Him to forgive me. I am now open to any healing method He may choose for my healing, because, in His immense wisdom, He knows much better.
We must truly learn to let Hashem be Hashem. He is sovereign over ALL type of illnesses and He will choose the healing method that is adapted to your specific case.

Why the Yarden ( Jordan river)?

Genesis 46:4

The choice of the Yarden is very symbolic, as well as number 7 ( seven immersions).
The word Yarden in Hebrew (יַרְדֵּן) contains the root "ירד", to descend. Being immersed is a passing from death to life. Na'aman's immersion is a type of baptism.
The number 7 represents Creation, good fortune and blessing.

Giving up idols

Na'aman's complete healing has some direct consequences in his life:

  • Na'aman recognizes Adonai, the God of Israel as the ONLY God.
  • Na'aman is willing to give up idols
  • Na'aman learns that Hashem's gift is FREE. Elisha refuses any present.

If you have been offered the gift of healing, DO NOT CHARGE PEOPLE, for it is A BIG SIN in Adonai's eyes.

I am not making this up. You are not supposed to make this a business, unless you want to experience Geichazi's punishment!

This is what Yeshua taught: "Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse lepers, cast out demons. You received WITHOUT PAYING. Give WITHOUT PAY" Matthew 10:8

Anybody who would charge a healed person would sin greatly and expose himself to divine punishment.

In short, here are important points to remember:

  • Adonai's plan is being accomplished through Na'aman
  • Na'aman's healing and conversion
  • The solution came via an Israeli captive- never underestimate the most humble person's advice
  • let Hashem be Hashem: accept His plan to heal you
  • Do not charge people if you have been granted a healing gift from Above

Copyright© by Isabelle Esling

Thursday, March 16, 2017

He cares, therefore we should trust Him at all times

The three statements of wisdom from Scriptures

It seems so easy to trust our Lord when everything goes right.
When obstacles arise, we tend to panic. Especially in our contemporary times, that are marked by Islamic terror, people prompt to become fearful.

However the Book of Proverbs clearly exhorts us not to be afraid of sudden terror:

"Do not be afraid of sudden terror or of the ruin of the wicked when it comes." Proverbs 3:25

If our hearts really belong to Hashem, there is nothing, absolutely nothing to be scared about.

Our Lord promises us that the wicked will know their demise.

Whatever the wicked plots, ( be it corporate evil people coming together), whoever the wicked associates with, the Almighty is with us.

" Take counsel together, but it will come to nothing. Speak a word, but it will not stand, for God is with us." Isaiah 8:10

This statement is true in our personal lives; it is also valid regarding all corporate leaders of the nations plotting against Israel ( like Unesco's denial of Jerusalem 's Jewish roots and of Jerusalem being Israel's Capital; this is just one example among many others).

People plot, but Hashem's judgments come to pass.

Hashem is a personal God. He cares about each and everyone in the detail.

"Even to your old age I am He
and to gray hairs I will carry you
I have made, and I will bear,
I will carry and I will save." (Isaiah 46:4)

Whoever places his confidence in man will be greatly deceived.
Whoever  places his confidence in our Maker is building upon a rock ( Even= Av-Ben-stone=Father-Son).

May He inspire you to make the right choice! Amen.

Copyright© by Isabelle Esling

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Desert walk ( from the draft "Figments of Light")

« Therefore, I will charm her, and bring her into the desert, and speak tenderly to her heart. » Hosea 2:14

I am the desert walker, the hermit with the thirst of Hashem. When times of drought arise, it feels as if the rain had never existed.
I am the wanderer in the desert, an explorer ; all I have is Hashem.
I look up to the mountains ; where does my help come from ? My help resides in the Name that has been revealed in the burning bush.
My help comes from Hashem, who will become my Yeshua. He will become whom I need Him to become.

I am the desert walker ; Hashem is my only aid.
When my soul finds itself in despair and anguish, I stick to the Name.
I am a loner in the desert in the middle of urban crowds ; I am out of this world and my feather belongs to the Most High.
Whoever is of Hashem understands my words, for the Spirit aligns my letters.

Hashem is teaching me to thank for the night which allows me to appreciate daylight much more.

Hashem is my friend, I don't befriend the world and its customs. I am not a person of compromise.

Hashem is my friend, and I am longing from His love from Above.

Copyright© by Isabelle Esling

Monday, March 13, 2017

Purim, Shim'on Kepha's fish and deliverance from our Messiah

Purim in Stamford Hill, London ( a must see!)

One person ( or two) can change the destiny of a whole nation. The Book of Esther truly testifies of it. Thanks to her uncle Mordechai's cleverness and to Queen Esther before King Ahasuerus, all Israel was saved from Haman's wicked plans to kill all Jews.

Megilat Esther: the story

The feast of Purim is the feast of the lots. It truly illustrates the following verse:

 בַּחֵיק, יוּטַל אֶת-הַגּוֹרָל;    וּמֵיְהוָה, כָּל-מִשְׁפָּטוֹ

"The lot is cast into the lap; but the whole disposing thereof is of the LORD" (Proverbs 16:33)

Haman fomented evil plans against Israel, but Israel's destiny was in Hashem's hands.

Although the Shoah is the most massive and horrific pogrom of the Jewish nation, pogroms and persecutions against Jewish people go back to ancient biblical times and has been continued after the split between Yeshua's disciples and traditional Judaism. While some people prompt to revere the "Church fathers", please allow me to be a little bit more critical in regards to history and their persecution of Jewish people often described as "God killers".

Haman is the archetype of the antisemite and he will know his own degradation and fate. 
I'd like to warn, once again, people who are calling them "believers in  Yeshua" and who slate Jewish people constantly. You are slating His chosen people, the apple of His eye and your hatred will not go unpunished! Repent before it is too late: antisemitism is hatred at its worst. The One you pretend to revere is the God of Israel!

The half-shekel temple tax (Matthew 17:24-27) and Purim symbolism

Torah reference: Exodus 30:13

"Each one who is numbered in the census shall give half a shekel according to the shekel of the sanctuary half a shekel as an offering to the Lord".

"As they came to Kfar Nachum, the collectors of the half-shekel approached Petros and said:" Does your rav not give the half-shekel?"

He said: "He will give it."
But when he came to the house, Yeshua came first to ask, saying: "What is your opinion, Shim'on? The kings of earth-from who do they take their taxes and customs?
Petros said to Him: "from foreigners."
Yeshua said to him: "If so, the children are exempt."
But nonetheless, in order that we will not be an obstacle to them, go to the sea, throw a fishhook into it, and take the first fish that comes up. When you open its mouth, you will find an istara ( silver coin). Take it and pay on my behalf and yours." Matthew 17:24-27

Even if there is no explicit mention of Yeshua observing the feast of Purim, there are great chances our rabbi did. We know from the Gospel of John that he observed Hannukah.

The episode of Shim'on Kepha's fish strongly points at Purim for several reasons:

-We know from historical evidence that the Temple tax had to be paid in the month of Adar.

-The fish is intimately linked with the spirit of Purim, which is a period of the year one is advised to rejoice greatly ( see picture). The fish is also a symbol of addition, of abundance (We do find this symbolism in the multiplication of bread loaves and fishes).

-On erev Purim there is a custom called "Machazit Hashekel" that consists of giving three coins to a charity in remembrance of the Temple treasury donation.

In the same way, Hashem's Name is hidden from Megilat Esther, Yeshua's Name is absent from Purim celebration in the Gospels. Yet, Purim carries a deep Messianic significance.

The liberation of Israel will come from our Messiah.
The nations plot to destroy Israel, but Hashem has the last word.

The oral Torah teaches that when Mordechai knew of the plot, he spoke with three Jewish school children who brought him some good news:

The first one said: "Do not fear sudden terror, nor the destruction of the wicked when it comes" (Proverbs 3:25). 

The second one stated:"Contrive a scheme, but it will not be foiled; conspire a plot but it will not materialize, for God is with us." (Isaiah 8:10)
Finally, the last child told him: "Even to your old age I am with you; even to your hoary years I will sustain you; I have made you, and I will bear you, I will sustain and deliver you." (Isaiah 46:4) 

Apparently, the scene drove Haman mad. But it is precisely young Jewish children's teshuva and devotion that changed the Jews' fate into a mighty deliverance from Hashem.

Never underestimate the purity of children's heart!

With the current rise of antisemitism, we should always be very watchful and be courageous enough to stand with the nation of Israel, for our own destinies are intimately associated with Israel's lot in Yeshua our Messiah, King of the Jews, King of the Kings.

May He protect His people always. Amen.

Happy Purim!

Copyright© by Isabelle Esling

Thursday, March 9, 2017

I will celebrate you, Lord of my joy!

A bunch of bitter people would like to impose a concept that opposes "holiness" to "happiness".
Let me set the record straight: this is NOT scriptural- AT ALL.
Your Creator wants you to dwell in joy, even admidst difficulties and adversity.
Of course, it is normal to know ups and downs, this how life is. But be sure of one thing: our Lord doesn't want or need an army of miserable, bitter whiners who play it "holy" while quoting verses that they are taking out of their original context!

Psalm 16, verse 11 states: "You make known to me the path of life; in your presence, there is FULLNESS OF JOY; at your right hand are pleasures forever more".

Despite adverse conditions, prophet Habakuk claimed that he would keep rejoicing:

"Though the fig tree should not blossom and there be no fruit on the vines. Though the yield of the olive should fail and the fields produce no food. Though the flock should be cut off from the fold and there be no cattle in the stalls. Yet I will EXULT in the Lord, I will rejoice in the God of my Salvation". Habakuk 3:17-18

If you thought the contrary, know that being happy is a mitzvah that pleases Hashem's heart!

Psalm 118 verse 14 defines the Lord as our strength and our song. Do you think that our Lord would be pleased in a bitter song? Certainly not!

"The Lord is my strength and my song. He became my Yeshua" Psalm 118: 14

Our Lord wants us to live an abundant life of praise and joy. Be sure of it. Being happy is a wonderful way of showing gratitude to the Almighty.

In the Book of Nehemiah, chapter 8, verse 10 the crowd is exhorted to give up sorrow and to rejoice instead:

"Don't be sorrowful, for the JOY OF THE LORD is your STRENGTH." Nehemiah 8:10

May Yeshua's words help you remain in constant joy:

"If you keep my mitzvoth, you will stay in my love, just as I have kept the mitzvoth of my Father and have stayed in His love. I have spoken these things so that MY JOY will dwell in you and your JOY will be COMPLETE." John 15: 10-12  Delitzsch Hebrew Gospels

Copyright© by Isabelle Esling

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

The light shone in the darkness ( from the draft: "Figments of Light")

Dear readers, 

Having completed my 12th book, "Heart of a Savior", that is now in the hands of my friend and publisher Donna Kshir, I am currently working on a draft that I entitled "Figments of Light"...I have no idea if it will turn into a book, but here is an excerpt I'd like to share with you all. May our Lord bless you all.

« There was light in Him, and the life was light for the sons of men.
The light shone in the darkness, and the darkness did not overtake it. » John 1 :4

I was gliding into a spiral of physical pain that was gradually increasing. The daylight had just vanished. In a semi-darkness, my candles were a constant reminder of the Master's infinite aureate light and grace.
Each gleaming luminous spot seemed to be telling me : « He is there ! Call upon Him! ».

My body was aching, but my soul was longing for Yeshua, my beloved.
Tears were running from my cheeks, like an abundant averse.
I eventually opened my lips and shouted out His Name : « Yeshua, Yeshua, Yeshua, help me, Lord ! »

As I laid down, I knew that Yeshua was very close to me. He placed His hands on my hurting stomach and it was feeling like warm water. Yeshua kept me warm. I was safe in His arms and I started dosing like a small child.
When I woke up again, I noticed that Yeshua was watching me. I was still in pain and I implored Him : « please allow me to return to sleep once again... »
and I added : «  Baruch ata shomea tefila » in Hebrew, "blessed are you who listens to prayer". Yeshua heard me and his tender embrace set me into a sleepy state once again.

I emerged quite slowly from sleepiness. My body was feeling quite drowsy. The pain hadn't left me.

O my friend, my beloved, where are you, Yeshua, sweetness to my heart ?
I am like the Shulamite in search of her beloved.
I could travel high distances in my wandering, but He is right beloved is residing within me.

O Yeshua, my beloved, will you allow the averse of my tears to refresh our scented garden ?

O Yeshua, my beloved , I am in pain and you are absorbing it.
I am weak and you are strong for me.
I am cold and shivering ;you are holding me warm in your embrace.

I think such thing is called «  a Savior's love ».

Copyright© by Isabelle Esling

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Hashem is my healer, I shall be healed

אֲנִי יְהוָה, רֹפְאֶךָ
Ani Hashem rofecha (Shemot (Exodus) 15:26 )

I dedicate this article to any of you who might be struggling with temporary or chronic sickness. Never ever lose hope. Scriptures proclaim that the Lord is your healer.
Hashem doesn't take pleasure in a person's sickness. It is His will for you to be cured.
You may object: "Why am I not healed, then?"
If He doesn't cure you straight away,  He has good reasons. Trust Him. Do not be discouraged.

Also be conscious that some underlying reasons may prevent your healing.

  • Are you obedient to His Will? The verse above often gets quoted without the words that precede. Have you taken time to read the FULL VERSE?
and He said: " if you will diligently hearken to the voice of the Lord your God, and will do what is right in His eyes, and will give ear to His Commandments and keep all His statutes, I will put NONE of the diseases upon you, which I have put upon the Egyptians, for I am the Lord who heals you." 

-are you keen on receiving Hashem's instruction? 
-are you doing what is right in His eyes or are you just doing " what you want"?
-do you give ear to His Commandments ( Shema, listen!) and do you keep his statutes?

Are you doing your best to please Hashem? 

If you are doing your best to put the full verse into application, His promise to you is that you will be spared diseases that were put upon the Egyptians. Hashem clearly promises you HEALING.

  • do you have faith?
I am not speaking of theoretical faith here. DO YOU BELIEVE THAT THE ALMIGHTY CAN HEAL YOU?

If your Emunah ( faith) is complete, then you have great chances to be healed.
It is always done according ( and not independently to it) to your faith.

Then you will be able to state prophet Jeremiah's prayer ( Jeremiah 17:14)

"Heal me, o Lord, and I shall be healed; save me and I shall be saved, for you are my praise."

 רְפָאֵנִי יְהוָה וְאֵרָפֵא, הוֹשִׁיעֵנִי וְאִוָּשֵׁעָה:  כִּי תְהִלָּתִי, אָתָּה

  • have your welcomed Yeshua our Messiah in your life?
וְהוּא מְחֹלָל מִפְּשָׁעֵנוּ, מְדֻכָּא מֵעֲו‍ֹנֹתֵינוּ; מוּסַר שְׁלוֹמֵנוּ עָלָיו, וּבַחֲבֻרָתוֹ נִרְפָּא-לָנוּ.

Isaiah 53:5

"But he was wounded because of our transgressions, he was crushed because of our iniquities: the chastisement of our welfare was upon him, and with his stripes we were healed."

Do you know Him personally ( knowing Him " figuratively, through a verse" is NOT knowing Him!)? I mean, has Yeshua encountered your path for real?
Have you made your Teshuva ( repentance) before Him and accepted Him as your Lord and Savior?

                       Is Yeshua your PERSONAL friend?

If so, Scriptures are telling you that you are HEALED by His stripes ( Isaiah 53:5). This too, is not just a figure of speech. It is a clear promise of healing!

  • are you GRATEFUL?

"On his way to Yerushalayim, he was passing between Shomron ( Samaria) and the Galil. As he came to a certain village, ten metsora'im ( lepers) came to greet him.
They stood at a distance. They lifted their voice and called: "Yeshua! Teacher! Be gracious to us!"
He said to them: "Go be shown to the priests." When they went, they were purified.

When one of them saw that he was healed, he returned and praised God  with a loud voice. He fell on his face and thanked him. He was a Shomroni ( Samaritan). Yeshua responded and said: "Were not ten purified? Where are the other nine? Was not anyone found that would return to give glory to God, except for this foreigner. 
He said to him: "Arise and go. Your faith has saved you."

Luke 17:11-19 Delitzsch Hebrew Gospels

The gratitude your have in your heart prior and post healing will make the whole difference.
Approach Yeshua with a grateful heart!
Our Lord is the same. He will restore your health at the perfect time. Keep bringing your petitions before the Heavenly throne. Never doubt His love for you.

If your healing doesn't happen straight away, it doesn't mean that you will always be sick. There are reasons for the delay. Trust His wisdom.

May Yeshua grant you ALL refuah schlema ( complete healing). Amen.

Copyright© by Isabelle Esling

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Tefilat haderech, the Jewish prayer for travelers

It is a very Hebrew custom to request Hashem's blessings when undertaking a travel.The Patriachs always asked Hashem to turn their venture into a success.

Why pray when being on a trip?

The text (Hebrew and translation) 

יְהִי רָצוֹן מִלְּפָנֶיךָ ה' אֱ-לֹהֵינוּ וֵא-לֹהֵי אֲבוֹתֵינוּ, שֶׁתּוֹלִיכֵנוּ לְשָׁלוֹם וְתַצְעִידֵנוּ לְשָׁלוֹם. וְתִסְמְכֵנוּ לְשָׁלוֹם. וְתַדְרִיכֵנוּ לְשָׁלוֹם. וְתַגִּיעֵנוּ לִמְחוֹז חֶפְצֵנוּ לְחַיִּים וּלְשִֹמְחָה וּלְשָׁלוֹם וְתַצִּילֵנוּ מִכַּף כָּל אוֹיֵב וְאוֹרֵב וְלִסְטִים וְחַיּוֹת רָעוֹת בַּדֶּרֶךְ וּמִכָּל מִינֵי פֻּרְעָנִיּוֹת הַמִּתְרַגְּשׁוֹת לָבוֹא לָעוֹלָם וְתִשְׁלַח בְּרָכָה בְּכָל מַעֲשֵֹה יָדֵינוּ, וְתִתְּנֵנוּ לְחֵן וּלְחֶסֶד וּלְרַחֲמִים בְעֵינֶיךָ וּבְעֵינֵי כָל רוֹאֵינוּ וְתִשְׁמַע קוֹל תַּחֲנוּנֵינוּ. כִּי אֵ-ל שׁוֹמֵעַ תְּפִלָּה וְתַחֲנוּן אָתָּה: בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה ה', שׁוֹמֵעַ תְּפִלָּה.

May it be Your will, Lord, our God and the God of our ancestors, that You lead us toward peace, guide our footsteps toward peace, and make us reach our desired destination for life, gladness, and peace. May You rescue us from the hand of every foe, ambush along the way, and from all manner of punishments that assemble to come to earth. May You send blessing in our handiwork, and grant us grace, kindness, and mercy in Your eyes and in the eyes of all who see us. May You hear the sound of our humble request because You are God Who hears prayer requests. Blessed are You, Lord, Who hears prayer.

The answer is quite obvious! Put the Almighty in everything you are doing and your life will be a success!

Also note that, each time we are traveling ( even when the road seems familiar to us), we are taking some risks. Requesting the blessing from Above is making our way SAFE.

Of course we would request to be led in peace, in joy and to be saved from any enemy who would accidentally cross our way.

May we recognize the God of Avraham, Yitzchak and Yaa'kov on our path. Our wonderful Lord is the One who grants us peace, joy, life. May our hands be raise in praise as we count His numerous blessings. Amen. 

Listen to Tefilat haderech and be at peace, for He leads your way, always.

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