Blessing Our Fallen Soldiers

On this Memorial Day weekend, as we remember our soldiers who lost their lives while serving our country, I share with you the lyrics of the famous Israeli song, “How Can I Bless?” by Rachel Shapira.

“How can I bless him, what gift shall I give
 to this child” said the angel of love.

And he gave him a smile that was radiant as light.
 And he gave him two eyes that were open and clear 
to seek out each flower and each creature and bird.
 And a heart to rejoice in each day of the year.

“How can I bless him, what gift shall I give 
to this child” said the angel of love.

And he gave him two feet that were light in the dance, a soul to rejoice in each tune and each song,
 a hand that collected the shells on the shore,
 an ear to respond to the old and the young.

“How can I bless him, what gift shall I give
 to this child” said the angel of love.

But those hands that were able to make flowers grow,
 were blessed with the skill to drive engines of might. And the feet that could dance also knew how to march. And the lips that could sing, also summoned to fight.

“How can I bless him, what gift shall I give 
to this child” said the angel of love.

“I have given him all that an angel can give,
 two light dancing feet, and a song and a smile,
 a delicate hand and a sensitive heart.
 What else can I give him? I’ve given him all.”

“How can I bless him, what gift shall I give
 to this child” said the angel of love.

He has joined the angels, that wonderful boy, 
he has no more blessings, no longer is blessed.
 Oh, Lord above, did your angel forget
 to bless him with life along with the rest?

May we all remember and honor the sacrifices made by our soldiers. May the families of fallen soldiers feel the love and support of our nation. And may the memory of those who lost their lives while serving our country only serve as a blessing.

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