When I was growing up, whenever anything bad happened, my Daddy would ask “What have we learned?”. It was his way of saying there was a lesson to be learned in everything that happens. I have learned some amazing things over the last 18 days, while waiting for word about the three innocent souls taken from us.

Israelis are amazing people. Their capacity to love and care for each other is unending. They organized food drives, prayer sessions, just anything they could do to help. They may not have known the boys personally. That did not matter. They care. They love each other with an unconditional love that is what we all should have for each other. And when I say Israelis, I dont just mean Jews..ALL Israelis. Muslims, Christians, Druze etc…ALL OF THEM. Israeli is called a Jewish state, but it is so much more. It is a state for all who love freedom.

While Israel mourns, I hope her people know that all around the world people are praying for them. Israel is not alone in grief. and when Israel picks herself up, dusts herself off and is stronger than ever, all of us who love her and support her right to exist will be standing with her. Israel has the love and respect of a little redheaded girl from Tennessee who is so glad she is here.