"IF I  shut up heaven that there by no rain, or
IF I command the locusts to devour the land, or  
IF I send pestilence among My people. 
IF MY people which are called by My Name shall humble themselves and pray, and
seek My Face, and turn from their wicked ways,  
THEN will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land"  
- II Chronicles 7:13-14 -
"Oh My people, why have you played the harlot
By selling your souls for a morsel of bread?
Why have you turned your backs on Me,
Trusting in the arm of flesh instead?
You fear and tremble at the falling leaves,
When the wind blows loud and strong.
You've turned away from My righteous paths
And have forgotten to Whom you belong.
All manner of sin and perversion
Run rampant in your streets.
Who among you will take up My standards?
Who will lift up their voice for Me?
Who will believe Me at My Word
And stand up for My righteous cause,
Bearing My banner, lifting My Name,
Obeying My commandments and laws?
I brought you forth for My glory and honor,
To show forth My power and praise.
Yet you, like sheep, have all gone astray
And have forgotten Me in all your ways.
Return unto Me My backslidden daughter;
Bring with you words and together We'll reason.
Arise from your slumber and shake off the dust
Before the change of the season."
RETURN, ISRAEL!
by Eva
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Published November 7, 1999
The Jerusalem Post Daily Internet Edition