Day 31- The Jewish Mile

A headstone I discovered one Veteran’s Day and was awed by (read the fine print)

Every house is founded by someone, but the founder of all is God. Hebrews 3:4

I never chose to become a Christian. Never went to church, studied religion or had the slightest interest in changing who I was. I was born into a Jewish family, lineage on both sides that dates back for centuries. We lived in a Jewish neighborhood, ate Jewish food, celebrated Jewish holidays. I went to Hebrew school, was bat-mitzvahed and married a Jewish (Israeli) man. I have three kids who are also Jewish. All of them received Hebrew names. All of them were blessed by the Rabbi. I never questioned my faith, studied my faith or sought faith elsewhere. Being Jewish just is. Like your ethnicity, your heritage or even air. You cannot change what God meant you to be.

When I first began searching, the thought never crossed my mind that I would not be Jewish. It isn’t possible. Like I am is I am, I am. My creator made me that way. And so I wasn’t afraid to explore until I found the truth. I had to. It was life or death.

So I explored all things. Looked into all things. Kabbalah, Orthodox Judaism, Reformed Judaism, Buddhism, the list could goes on. While doing this, never once did it cross my mind that the blood in my veins would leave me. I still had to check Ashkenazi Jew on  every form at the doctor’s office. My path to God never changed that. Still have to be tested for specified genetic disorders should I carry another child. Ashkenazi Jewish women also have a higher rate of breast cancer. I started getting my mammograms early. My belief in Christ didn’t change that.

I am the house that God built. He founded me. In the way I am, and the way I came to Christ.

He did not change who I was, He changed who I would become

This was His plan from the beginning. There was no other plan.

I am His shelter where He takes up residence. I said Yes. I am the god-house.

I give Him all the glory for that “as the founder of a house has more honor than the house itself.” Hebrews 3:3. My decision to follow Christ, to say yes, will effect generations to come. I am the first. 

God chose me to lead my husband to Christ, my children to Christ and many others. God chose me to effect generations. My children’s children and their children will love Him too. And they will still be Jewish.

We are his house if (only) we hold fast to our confidence and pride in our hope. Hebrews 3:6(b)

I know who I am. Do you?

Heavenly Father,

Make me a shelter where you can dwell. Help me to make myself a resting place for your Holy Spirit. Help me to preserve who you created me to be, and not forget who I am. I don’t have to become something or someone else to fulfill your great plans for me. I only have to be me.

In Jesus Name,





4 thoughts on “Day 31- The Jewish Mile

  1. “I never chose to become a Christian. Never went to church, studied religion or had the slightest interest in changing who I was.”

    Christianity is a religion not of karma nor tribe but of grace. In fact, its roots is in Judaism’s understanding of God in the temple period.

    Saul was called by God to be King and Saul was cast away when he sinned against God. David sins against God and is forgiven by God.

    David was chosen and Saul was not. There is something to wrestle with in that text. And it’s not the only example found in the Old Testament. Abel, Joseph, Jacob, Samuel over Eli’s kids, etc. All chosen when peers are not.

    And even such in some cases like Saul; he is chosen but allowed to fall away.

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    1. Melissa Zelniker-Presser

      I have no idea why your comments keep going to spam! I am so sorry, I just saw this.
      Thank you, I have missed everyone. It feels good to be writing for my Master once again! This time feels different.



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