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Please God watch over our sons and daughters today as they defend Jerusalem and our land from attack.
Today, my little country is being attacked by tens of thousands of “soldiers” whose weapons are their hatred, their anger, their violence.
They believe that it is an insult to go through a metal detector and that it is our prayers that defile the holiest place on earth – not their children playing soccer on sacred ground, not their women screaming and shouting and spitting and cursing those who come to pray. They believe they have a right to stockpile rocks to be thrown, bottles to be hurled, and guns to be shot at our police.
They defile the Temple Mount, not us. We go in awe and ask only to be allowed to whisper a prayer of thanks to God, but this insults the Muslim religious leadership and the guards they put to follow our meager number of visitors allowed.
They say our prayer books, these tiny little books filled with prayers of thanksgiving are an affront to their God. It’s something that I cannot understand. How powerful is your god, if he is afraid of words and whispers?
Please God, watch over my baby today. My youngest, last soldier. Please shield his body and protect his heart. Watch over him and all our soldiers as they watch over our land. Don’t let him know about the tears I have cried these last 24 hours, how I am missing him. I know I”m being pathetic and stupid…but please protect him, his unit and his friends, all units, all of them. They are all my sons and daughters and I’m so very worried about them. You are their Protector, even as they are ours.
Please God, give our leaders the strength to fight the illogical demand that WE surrender to terror, that we risk the lives of our soldiers and our people, lest we insult them. How is it possible that we are expected not to be insulted by their attempts to kill us, while still be expected to understand their insult at having to walk through a metal detector?
Please God, whatever their insanity, their hatred, their violence, please protect our sons and daughters today. Let them rage, but let their shouts mean nothing. Please protect our land from the arson attacks, from the axes they wield, the knives they flash, the guns they seek to hide, the explosives that are their companions.
Please God watch over Jerusalem, the heart of our people, the soul of our nation. Protect our beautiful city and grant us peace.

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Paula R. Stern is CEO of WritePoint Ltd., a leading technical writing company in Israel. Her personal blog, A Soldier's Mother, has been running since 2007. She lives in Maale Adumim with her husband and children, a dog, too many birds, and a desire to write.