February 9, 2011

My eyes fell to the book of Judith this morning - and I was awed by her faith and strength in the Lord. Here is a woman who took the plight of Israel upon her own shoulders and...well...did something about it. If you have never read this book of the bible, I would highly recommend it (it's just after Tobit and just before Esther - which is another great story as well). Here's an excerpt...but first let me set the stage for you. Judith has, under 'womanly' guise, snuck into the enemy's camp and charmed the chief general of the army, Holofernes. It is the third evening and Holofernes is extremely drunk and passed out on his bed. Judith enters the chamber, knowing what she must do.

"...Then Judith, standing beside his bed, said in her heart, 'O Lord God of all might, look in this hour upon the work of my hands for now is the time to help thy inheritance, and to carry out my undertaking for the destruction of the enemies who have risen up against us'. She went up to the post at the end of the bed, above Holofernes' head, and took down his sword that hung there. She came close to his bed and took hold of the hair of his head, and said 'Give me strength this day, O Lord God of Israel!' And she struck his neck twice with all her might, and severed his head from his body." Judith 13:4-8

I can't say that we, generally speaking, in North America are ever faced with this type of life and death situation - but we are faced with many spiritual life and death situations. And what a powerful prayer to say to the Lord upon reaching these pivotal moments in our lives.

Remember the courage, wisdom and sheer strength of Judith - the Lord will give success to the work of your hands.

1 comment:

  1. Yeah, can't recall ever having to behead an enemy. Though my memory isn't what it used to be...

    But, seriously, "Give me strength this day, O Lord God of Israel" ought to be the first words out of my mouth every morning!

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