When our children returned home, we were like those who dream…
During the large-scale police operation on September 5th, 2013 the three sisters had been taken to a state institution.
The oldest daughter was allowed to return to her parents as early as 3 months later, but the two younger ones had to stay in the institution. They were counting the days on their calendar every day hoping they would be allowed to go home again. It was 700 long days and then on the 700th day, the happy news came:
You all can go home!
For the girls and the parents alike it was like a miracle. For all of us it was a first foretaste of the hope of the miracle which the prophet Isaiah talked about:
Can the prey be taken from the mighty, or the captives of a tyrant. For thus says the LORD: “Even the captives of the mighty shall be taken, and the prey of the tyrant be rescued, for I will contend with those who contend with you, and I will save your children.” Isaiah 49:24-25
When the Lord brought back the captive ones of Zion,
We were like those who dream.
Restore our captivity, O Lord,
As the streams in the Negev.
Those who sow in tears shall reap with joyful shouting.
He who goes to and fro weeping, carrying his bag of seed, shall indeed come again with a shout of joy, bringing his sheaves with him. (Psalm 126)