The way home to Gaza

Word came today that Ezzedin could already safely return to his home in Gaza, after what doctors said were “great results” from his emergency heart catheterization. As Frank and I were driving to the hospital, Frank described the amazing view that he saw: the trees, hills, and helicopter tower. As he surveyed the beauty of the outskirts of Jerusalem, Frank later discussed how he was reminded of Psalm 125:1-2 which states, “Those who trust in the LORD are like Mount Zion, which cannot be moved, but abides forever. As the mountains surround Jerusalem, so the LORD surrounds his people, from this time forth and forevermore.”

We did not know the specific place and room, so we traveled around the hospital to find Ezzedin’s room. This was Frank’s first time at Hadassah Hospital. He shared with me how amazing and big the hospital appeared to him.

After a while, we found the department and room. The mom was stressed and afraid that the border will be closed. We told her that we will be on time and we assured her that if it is too late, then she could stay with us at Shevet.

The baby was so cute and small. As I carried him, he was sleeping in my hands.

The mom did not have phone signal, which did not help ease her fears. Frank offered some food and drink to her. When we traveled to the mountains, the soft and beautiful sun was about to set.

The mom was thankful for my help with carrying the baby and the baggage. For me, I was happy to meet the cousins from across the border. As an Israeli, we can only infrequently meet people from Gaza.

Here is a photo of Ezzedin, reunited with his father tonight back in Gaza: