Shai: A Priceless Sacrifice
by Eitan Shiskoff, Executive Director, Tents of Mercy Network
One of the IDF soldiers who gave his life to defend us in the 28 day conflict with Hamas was a Jewish believer in Yeshua. Shai Kushnir grew up in our congregation from the time he was 4 years old. I knew him well. As a teen, his constant smile and fun-loving, easy going nature belied his intense desire to serve in a combat unit.
Thousands attended the memorial service held for Shai at a military cemetery near Haifa. Many of them had not known him or his family. Such was the outpouring of gratitude and grief that occurred again and again for the 64 soldiers who gave their lives to give us ours. Officers eulogized our young brother in moving terms. They highlighted his dedication, his popularity among the troops, and the focus with which he applied himself to military service. We wept, and are still weeping.
Shai wrote praise songs and played guitar in our youth group. Now, in the Lord's presence, he is able to lift his voice as never before. Dare I imagine Yeshua, His arm around Shai, saying "Well done, son, I laid down my life to save Israel too."
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