The Power of Wormwood

Plants of the Bible

Many of you know that I volunteer many weeks each year serving the nations in Israel. I am the main cook who also does the grocery shopping for our guests
at Biblical Tamar Park.

I enjoy my duties at the park. Most items that are available at the grocery stores
are much like we have here in the states. But occasionally there is something
that I find that brings the curious side of my brain to learn more. This was
the case this past February when I discovered wormwood located next to basil,
and other fresh herbs at the supermarket. Immediately my inquisitive mind wanted to know why it was there, and what culinary use did it have. BTW, wormwood is a plant of the Bible, mentioned nine times in eight verses.

My plant-loving curiosity had me scour the Internet to learn why wormwood is
so readily available in Israel…

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How One of Life’s Essential’s Became Very Important to Me!

I investigated into a program a friend of mine shared with me and it has taken months for me to sit and write about it. Sorry.

Since I am a huge believer that God “put what we need in the plants” I was intrigued, yet cautious, because of the many, many things out there, and boy is there a lot of options in the natural product/foods/supplements industry. In 2017 I attended the Natural Products Expo East and was overwhelmed with the 1600 booths to visit and still haven’t absorbed all the literature and samples from that event. 

I’ve had a few health challenges over the last couple of years, but no medications or surgeries and I want to try to keep it that way. One of my health challenges showed up each day as I brushed my hair as I was losing more than normal. I thought perhaps the hair loss, and my weight, was because of a hormone imbalance.

I began to incorporate a lot of supplements that have assisted me to lose 40 pounds. The company called PURE, which stands for People Uniting Reaching Everyone, has become my favorite as many of their formulas are based on TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) and Ayurveda herbals. In 2016 I took an 18-module plant course that taught me much about the plants from Asia and India. As I looked over the 80+ products from PURE to choose from I think that this is perhaps the first time I woke me up to the fact that I needed to include sulfur daily and wondered why my previous supplement company didn’t mention that I needed organic sulphur. I now know sulphur is a vital building block to our human structure and function of every cell of our bodies. In my research (and now my experience) I wasn’t getting enough by eating cruciferous super-food vegetables alone, and my hair reflected it. 

Here’s what else I have learned about sulfur. Sulphur Crystals are also known as Methylsulfonylmethane, or MSM. While I knew of MSM as a cream for joint pain I didn’t realize that you could stir some in water for daily health, and to detoxify your liver. I’m sharing a link below to an article from The Weston A. Price Foundation that may open your eyes to the need of sulphur, it did mine.

I believe that adding sulphur as well as the amazing other supplements from Pure has me very excited. My hair isn’t falling out, I’m sleeping well and I have a lot of energy.

I’m as cautious as the next when it comes to “opportunities”, but this one somewhat knocked the socks off me. I thoroughly investigated the products and was very pleased with the ingredients. Since using them I’m not only impressed but supercharged what they are doing for me.

Then I found out the Phil Knight of the Nike empire had invested into PURE. I know someone of Mr. Knight’s expertise doesn’t put his time, energy or fortune into something that he doesn’t see to becoming successful.

What PURE is offering until midnight on December 31, 2018 is shares into the company. The plan to take PURE to the next level by going public in 2020, in which “shares” will turn into stock.

Did you hear about Magic Johnson who said he had one regret in his life? It is when he turned down Phil Knight’s offer of stock in Nike years ago.

Here’s a video that shares about PURE.

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This is an article about the need of sulfur.

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One more thing, I’ve lost 40 pounds and I have always wanted to do a picture like what I’m sharing below.

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Forgiveness: An Excerpt from my Esther’s Days of Purification book.

Dear Friends,

It is Yom Kippur 5779/20 Sept 2018. I felt is was appropriate to revisit what I wrote in my Esther’s Days of Purification book that I published in 2010.

May the words that I penned be encouragement to you today.


Cynthia (Contact info at the bottom of this blog.)


Forgiveness & Releasing Guilt ~ Esther’s Days of Purification 

by Apothecary Cynthia Hillson ~ Copyright 2010 ~ All Rights Reserved

Forgiveness is one of the most beautiful words in our human vocabulary. Often it begins with forgiving ourselves for our own short comings towards our loved ones, family and friends. Forgiving others, those who we perceive as having done us wrong, often takes great effort and determination. Everything in us resists it even though we have read and heard Matthew 7:7 hundreds of times. But forgiveness is vital to our lives if we truly want to be the queen. It brings deep cleansing and emotional release. Much pain and unhappy consequences would be avoided if we all could learn the meaning of true forgiveness.

Forgiveness is needed in three ways; forgiving ourselves, forgiving others and asking for forgiveness from our Heavenly Father for where we have erred. Oh, one more, forgiving God when things don’t go the way we want. In my opinion, forgiveness is the very important first step in the purification process. While forgiveness really isn’t defined as an emotion, but as a decision, it often is an emotional decision.

There is a close link between purification and sanctification. One Hebrew word for purification is taw-hare ~ to wash, to cleanse, become bright, purify and become sound and clear, be unadulterated or polluted, uncontaminated; morally innocent or holy like a Levite (Priest). We also find purity in the Hebrew word for sanctification, kodesh.

Strong’s word H6942    qodash  kaw-dash’

 A primitive root; to be (causatively make, pronounce or observe as) clean (ceremonially or morally): – appoint, bid, consecrate, dedicate, defile, hallow, (be, keep) holy (-er, place), keep, prepare, proclaim, purify, sanctify (-ied one, self), X wholly.

 As you go through the month of forgiveness, liken yourself to the Children of Israel who left Egypt and traveled 40 years. They got to the brink of the Jordan River only to have to wait three days before going into the Promised Land, after Joshua’s words, “Sanctify yourselves”.

And Joshua rose early in the morning, and they journey from Shittim, and come in unto the Jordan, he and all the sons of Israel, and they lodge there before they pass over. And it cometh to pass, at the end of three days, that the authorities pass over into the midst of the camp, and command the people, saying, `When ye see the ark of the covenant of Jehovah your God, and the priests, the Levites, bearing it, then ye journey from your place, and have gone after it; only, a distance is between you and it, about two thousand cubits by measure; ye do not come near unto it, so that ye know the way in which ye go, for ye have not passed over in the way heretofore.’ And Joshua said to the people, `Sanctify yourselves; for to-morrow doth Jehovah do in your midst wonders.’ And Joshua spoke unto the priests, saying, `Take up the ark of the Covenant, and pass over before the people;’ and they take up the Ark of the covenant, and go before the people. And God said unto Joshua, This day I begin to make thee great in the eyes of all Israel, so that they know that as I was with Moses I am with thee.  Joshua 3:1-7

 Hmm, three days . . .  I wonder if Esther was reflecting on this part of her heritage when she instructed Mordecai to have all of the Jews fast and pray for three days. Esther 4:16 (I need to note that the fast of Esther included water. The fasting of “drink” can be found in the Hebrew word shâthâh which means “to imbibe” (literally or figuratively). You find that same word later in Esther 7:1; it’s the word “banquet” and interesting it is also found in 3:15 “And the king and Haman sat down to drink.”  Now, these are important “factoids” when you understand some things found in Esther 3:7-15. “It was the first month, the month of Nisan.” (3:7) “Then were the king’s scribes called on the thirteenth day of the first month.” (3:12) and perhaps why we find “two banquets” as it was the season of Passover. You’ll find continued thoughts on this in my book “The Healing Rose: The Rest of the Story of Esther’s Purification” when I share insight on ancient “banqueting”. 

Purification and sanctification is linked to fasting and prayer. King David knew this when he wrote Psalm 51 when Nathan the prophet came to him, after he had been with Bathsheba.

Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy loving-kindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me. Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight: that thou might be justified when thou speaks, and be clear when thou judges. Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me. Behold, thou desires truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden part thou shall make me to know wisdom. Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. Make me to hear joy and gladness; that the bones which thou hast broken may rejoice. Hide thy face from my sins, and blot out all mine iniquities. Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me. Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit. Then will I teach transgressors thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto thee. Deliver me from blood-guiltiness, O God, thou God of my salvation: and my tongue shall sing aloud of thy righteousness. O Lord, open thou my lips; and my mouth shall show forth thy praise. For thou desires not sacrifice; else would I give it: thou delights not in burnt offering. The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise. Do good in thy good pleasure unto Zion: build thou the walls of Jerusalem. Then shall thou be pleased with the sacrifices of righteousness, with burnt offering and whole burnt offering: then shall they offer bullocks upon the altar.     Psalms 51:1-19

King David pleaded for forgiveness when he said “Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean.”

Myrrh and hyssop have anti-septic properties known to clean deep wounds. Both are purifying and bring cleansing to our brokenness.  The cleansing of saying I am sorry, and truly meaning it, is the very essence of forgiveness. When we ask forgiveness of God and others it restores us to our original standing with God.

In Jewish life, every day except Shabbat, during the Amidah (morning prayer), forgiveness is included. This prayer could be inspiration for us each day.

Forgive us, our Father, for we have erred; pardon us, our King, for we have willfully sinned; for you pardon and forgive. Blessed are You, Hashem (God), the gracious One Who pardons abundantly.

On Yom Kippur, The Day of Atonement, a prayer known as Al Chet is recited. Many times I’ve experienced being in Jerusalem on this holiest day of the year. On one occasion, I had made a tallit (Jewish prayer shawl) of the nations during the season that lead up to traveling to Israel. I had used small flags of the world on one side, and the other side was the large flags of the US and Israel. I had completed every part of the project except for the tying of the fringes called the tzit-tzit. I wanted to add an additional spiritual meaning of the project, so I took the tallit to Israel with me. On Yom Kippur I hiked up to Mt. Scopus. I wanted a view of the Old City as I recited the complete Yom Kippur prayers. I was repenting to God on behalf of America and the nations against Israel. Upon completion of the Yom Kippur prayers, I finished the tallit by tying the fringes.

When you say the Al Chet, it is important for you to recognize yourself as a sinner. Even with the atoned blood of Christ over our lives, remembrance and introspection is very much needed in our hearts. Continually carrying this heart-attitude of humility can be found not only on Yom Kippur, but in the yearly freedom celebration of Pesach, The Passover. These holidays carry deep spiritual significance and are important for us to take part of today.

The Yom Kippur prayer, Al Chet, begins with this.

And so, let it be Your will Adonai, our God, and God of our fathers, that you cleanse us of all our unintended sins, and You forgive us of all our intended sins and You pardon us of all our rebellious sins.

Then a list of forty-four wrong-doings is recited. (Space doesn’t allow for me to write them here.) In essence, forgiveness of sin is requested for a wide variety of things we have said and done in both our public and private lives against God and others. This includes foolish speech and impure thoughts. The list even goes as far as having haughty eyes and being jealous. Yes, dear Ones, asking forgiveness just for ourselves goes deep.

During the time when the Temple was intact, Yom Kippur was the only day that the High Priest went into the Holy of Holies to offer up the incense on behalf of the people of God. (Prayers are incense) (The recipe for Ketoret, The Holy Incense, is found in the Siddur. It is composed of 11 ingredients in which myrrh is one. I have a teaching on the Ketoret available. I include the 11 ingredients and the spiritual significance of each linking it to prayer and the Day of Atonement.)

Yeshua Jesus, our Great High Priest was the atonement for our sins. Found in The Lord’s Prayer, as He taught the disciples how to pray, is forgiveness. As we embrace the purification and sanctification of our hearts through forgiveness, His words are more important than ever. (The Lord’s Prayer is found in Matthew 6:9-15 and Luke 11:2-4.)

 In the beginning we find how Holy, Pure and Sanctified His Name is, which is the correct meaning of the KJV word hallowed. At the end of The Lord’s Prayer we find forgiveness is given when we ask for it as we forgive others. We’ve known this all along our journey in life, and we realize there are times it can be so difficult. I know I’ve had to do it often, even when my heart was broken and so deeply crushed that I felt like dying would be easier. But the immense release from forgiving others brings enormous freedom. God will help you, if you let Him. Forgiveness puts a dance into your step and a smile on your face. Forgiveness is in the spirit of an Overcomer!

There should be no guilt remaining on your shoulders when you’ve asked for forgiveness from your heavenly Father. If there is, it is important that you release that heaviness of guilt hanging over you. Often, childhood experiences have produced guilt that continues to be dark, emotional threads that overshadow us and weigh us down, keeping our self-esteem low. May I tell you again, there is freedom from guilt when you acknowledge that Christ bore all of your sin and that He can make all things new.

This is so important! We need to make it personal in our lives so that we, as the Bride of Yeshua, will be able to stand with our white garments before Him, and then beside Him, knowing that when God forgives and purifies us from our sin, He also forgets. (Hebrews 8:12, Psalms 103:12, Isaiah 38:17) He did it for you, and He did it for those who have hurt you.

As we look into the properties of myrrh and how it connects with forgiveness, I find it to be linked with our immune system.  Myrrh is an immune builder, and Esther’s purification of six months of oil of myrrh was to assure her of a strong immune system. When we haven’t forgiven, we have an internal battle that depletes our immune system, often the result is auto-immune diseases.  The reason I tie forgiveness with auto-immune diseases is because in simple terms, they rob you in your blood.

The immune system is the body’s defense against infectious organisms and other invaders. Through a series of steps called the immune response, the immune system attacks organisms and substances that invade body systems and cause disease. The immune system is made up of a network of cells, tissues, and organs that work together to protect the body. The cells involved are white blood cells, or leukocytes, which come in two basic types that combine to seek out and destroy disease-causing organisms or substances.

Our immune system depends on the life of our soul, which is having clean blood. This is found in this Scripture verse, which incidentally is in the chapter about the Day of Atonement.

For the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: for it is the blood that makes an atonement for the soul.                                                                                                                                             Leviticus 17:11

Forgiveness through Jesus Yeshua, and the blood He shed was the atonement for our sin. To become the Queen, the first process is forgiveness. Jesus forgave you, and in accepting His forgiveness and forgiving others, your whole body will benefit and thrive.


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Apothecary Cynthia Hillson





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All the Trees of Frankincense

This is the intro to my new book, All the Trees of Frankincense, the garden project that I am involved in Israel as well as the spring tour to Israel in 2019.


Dear Friends,

Holding in your hands is another Precious Oils Study where I have spent untold hours researching one of the few Biblical plants that mesmerize us today, olibanum, a/k/a frankincense or Boswellia. In Arabic frankincense is lubān (Arabic) and in Hebrew we find Levona. לבונה

Frankincense is a sacred plant that is well-documented in Scripture, 23 times in the KJV. Frankincense is first mentioned in Exodus as one of the ingredients of The Holy Incense and was an intricate part of worship in The Tabernacle in the Wilderness by itself. Frankincense was a gift to the infant Jesus (Luke 2), yet we find it included in the list of worldly goods in Revelation 18. In Song of Songs, we find frankincense as a hill with myrrh being the mountain three times in this most excellent of all songs. (See my Precious Oils Study of the Fragrances of the Bible for insight on the mountain and hill. See my Ketoret study for insight on The Holy Incense)

In ancient Egypt, Frankincense was esteemed by the Queens as a perfume and a cosmetic. While the queens adored the resins of frankincense, myrrh, and other fragrant plants for cosmetic purposes the priests used frankincense for purification and religious rites. From my studies I found that myrrh and other plants were used for embalming, Frankincense was used during mortuary rituals and in ceremonial purification. Many religions still practice the burning of frankincense today.

As I pondered details how I wanted to unveil All the Trees of Frankincense I felt that I needed it to include my present focus in Israel as well as keep the core principle of my Precious Oils ministry by bringing the plants and fragrances of the Bible to life through print, lectures and aromatic products.

The first part is this teaching booklet which follows the pattern of how I have introduced other teachings throughout my ministry. I begin by writing a mini-teaching or a brief study in booklet form and then I wait for feedback to decide if I should take it further. When I started compiling notes for this project I began with a few pages, now it’s grown into two, three-inch binders. I also have a few rare books to cite that I unearthed at The National Library in Jerusalem and a local seminary library where I’ve sat for way too many hours mining gems for you. So, it won’t be hard to make this project a “real book” for those who desire to learn more about this intriguing plant.

Frankincense is a plant shrouded in myth and legend. The history of the ancient cultures of Egypt, Greece, Rome and The Holy land who used the resin for religious (and other) purposes dates back 5000 years. Today there is a deep need within mankind to return to the ancient paths that include not only eating plants but using them for medicine, cosmetics, and perfumes, worship, and pleasure.

You will often hear me say that today we have science on our side that affirms the health and well-being one can obtain once we get back to nature and every green herb that was given to us that is recorded in Genesis. Today our modern availability of pure essential oils is the easiest and can often be a cost-effective way to use precious plants.

Prior to the invention of distillation, by Arabic physician Avicenna in the 10th century, plants were infused in oil, steeped as a tea or burned as incense, this was the norm; all these methods were effective. Today, there seems to be an essential oil craze that has happened over the last ten or so years, yet there is a ripple that is emerging; a desire to go back to using plants. I have found using the plant in its non-essential form has found a renaissance in my own life; it’s like I’m going back to a time when things were simpler. I strongly believe that essential oils are one modality of healing, not the only modality, but one.

Avicenna’s work left us valuable written documents including his description of 800 plants and their effects on the human body. While today it seems more probable that he did not discover the process of distillation, but rather perfected it as archaeologists have found some very primitive distillation equipage that dates from before Avicenna’s lifetime. But, he is still the one that is credited as the father of distillation because he made it work. And, lucky for us, that through the ages science and technology have perfected distillation techniques and equipment that has afforded us to reap the benefits of our modern-day distillation of plants. You know, it boggles my mind that I can carry a small bottle of essential oil that can heal mind, body, and spirit and at the same time I humbly consider how much plant matter a farmer must grow to allow me to do so.

It is to our advantage that we have a growing number of scientific studies that offer us hope in many diseases that plague us today. As I researched I was amazed to find frankincense studies under different search words. (There were 544 citations just in the word “frankincense”.)  Much of the current studies are for cancer (brain, breast, prostate, skin, and lungs) and inflammation.

It is imperative that we keep these studies in perspective of how they are performed, most always in Petri dishes. In this publication, I chose a few abstracts that caught my eye that uses our modern delivery system of pure essential oils of frankincense. One should also take note that the anti-inflammatory healing property of frankincense is found in the resin only, not the essential oil as many have been led to believe. Look for Boswellia at your pharmacy. Many have found that found that the Boswellia supplements to help with arthritis and other inflammatory issues. (You can also purchase myrrh in capsules. For an in-depth study of myrrh please refer to my Esther’s Days of Purification book,)

The second reason for this project has really wound my clock perhaps like no other in my lifetime. Yup, even more than being a grandma . . .  Well, almost, I love being “Grandma”.

My Precious Oils ministry is designating a “tithe” of all sales of “All the Trees of Frankincense” that will be given to support a desert garden project in Israel that I’ve been asked to be part of. It is a huge honor and wasn’t something I was looking for, and I didn’t even know the future project existed when I first went to Biblical Tamar Park in March 2014.

The story how I got there and my purpose of finding a quiet place to write one of my forthcoming books is totally another story. On my first night at Tamar park an opportunity to attend a spice conference, just a few meters down the road, was given. Of course, I couldn’t say “no”.  You see, around 2005 I began spending a few extra days after my groups departed to continue my education and exploration of the ancient frankincense and spice routes through Israel. It was in 2008 that I had to get to Petra, in which I did. I’ll reserve my camel riding on the ancient trail story a few years later for another time.

Through the years, as I researched and explored the ancient trails, I happened upon some interesting maps and found out that although “Hazeva” wasn’t on the UNESCO list of Incense Routes (Desert Cities in the Negev), the map clearly showed that it was. As I researched I found that the current location was known by several names; (Ir Ovot, City of Oboth, Tamar Fortress or Hatzevah Fortress and Biblical Tamar Park), so of course it became a “must-do” on my “incense/spice trail bucket list”, and it was part of my journey in life to get there in spring of 2014.

Biblical Tamar Park is a national park of Israel located about an hour south of the Dead Sea. The history of Biblical Tamar is inspiring. Over the years, excavations have unearthed thousands of years of history (from Abraham to the Roman Period) as well as British and modern Jewish presence when there was a kibbutz. The Israel Museum is housing over 25,000 artifacts that were found through the years from the excavations. For extensive information on this 55-acre national park and Blossoming Rose please go to their website Better, please visit when in Israel, you won’t regret it.

Biblical Tamar Park has become a destination for thousands each year to learn of their Jewish heritage. One of the interesting historical facts about the site is it was one of the 42 stops that the Children of Israel traveled as they sojourned in the promised land. (Odvot was the name of the location found in Numbers 21:10-11, 33:43-44 and the kibbutz that was once was there.)

Remember the spice conference that I “just-so-happened” to be invited to attend, well it had great significance. The main topic that brought hundreds from around the world to the Arava desert was a piece of pottery that had been found. This sherd signified that the Queen of Sheba very well may have slept within meters of the conference venue as the claim was being offered that she was from Yemen and had traveled this portion of the frankincense trail on her way to Jerusalem to meet Solomon and “prove him with hard questions”. The conference was being held on the path that she may have taken, and the organizers of the conference wanted to give her heritage to Yemen, not Ethiopia. While that debate continues, the conference was one way to share the pottery finding as “fact”.

To continue my story, a few weeks after I returned home from my first visit to Tamar, Dr. Coxon, the Director of Biblical Tamar, contacted me, he was curious about my Precious Oils ministry, and he wanted feedback of how I liked the park. He also found out that “someday” I would love to volunteer at the park in which I did when I returned in the fall of 2014 to cook for groups that stay at this very special place. I have since returned to cook for groups, this fall will be my 7th.

As we got to know each other Dr. Coxon strongly felt that I was to be a part of the next phase of the park, a vision that was part of the larger plan of Tamar Park. As I read his e-mails and the vision of the Garden of the Ages, I was in tears. Not just a few, but buckets. I felt the healing balm of the Lord gently reminded me that all the years I have devoted to studying the plants of the Bible, sharing with others through my projects and products were going to be used to bless Israel in a very unique way.

Well, the timeline to begin the gardens begins with much joy this fall (2017) as we begin planting the first of seven gardens that will bless Israel for generations. We are planting ancient trees of myrrh, frankincense and the balm of Gilead, the first 50 of the planned 150 trees in The Garden of Moses.

David and I are extremely excited that we will be putting our hands in the dirt to begin the first phase of The Seven Gardens of the Ages. But just planting a tree doesn’t end once you plant the tree, you need to keep it watered; this isn’t a small expense in Israel. And, this is where I’m reaching out to you that you consider help fulfill the Garden of the Ages vision and purchase your frankincense essential oils (and related products) where you will be sowing seed into the gardens, even if you can’t put your hands in the dirt yourself, which takes me to the third portion of All the Trees of Frankincense.

I’ve been a tour hostess to many, many small groups to Israel since making my first journey in 1999. It is now my desire to take my love of Israel and to perfect the journeys by bringing plant-loving groups to this very special land be it your first time, or your 10th. (Fall 2017 is my 36th visit to the land.)

My tours will include many sites of importance to those of Christian and Messianic faiths. I will also give you an opportunity to meet some of my Israeli friends. The core value of these friends is that we all have a love of the plants. Many of them have businesses centered around health and healing with native plants including distilling essential oils, making wine and producing quality olive oil and teas. Prayerfully consider coming with me to experience Israel in this special way in the spring of 2019. (for more information E-mail

The flora and agriculture of Israel is a wonder to behold as the fulfillment of what we read in the well-known scripture of Isaiah 35:1 & 2.

The wilderness and the solitary place shall be glad for them, and the desert shall rejoice, and blossom as the rose. It shall blossom abundantly, and rejoice even with joy and singing: the glory of Lebanon shall be given unto it, the excellency of Carmel and Sharon, they shall see the glory of the LORD, and the excellency of our God.

This continues to unfold today, but it really began when the Jewish people began to return to their homeland, especially over the last century.

Mark Twain, who visited Israel in 1867, described Israel as a desolate country – devoid of both vegetation and human population:

“….. A desolate country whose soil is rich enough, but is given over wholly to weeds… a silent mournful expanse…. a desolation…. we never saw a human being on the whole route…. hardly a tree or shrub anywhere. Even the olive tree and the cactus, those fast friends of a worthless soil, had almost deserted the country.”                                    Innocents Abroad 1869

The modern farms are the result of the Jewish people preparing the desolate land that Twain wrote about. I’ve seen a documentary (old black and white) that shows families preparing the fields. From children to the elderly everyone is picking up rocks clearing the ground so the mules could plow. The documentary continued with seed sowing, weeding and picking fruit. Today as one travels throughout Israel we marvel at the vast fields of products that not only feeds the homeland but many European countries and Russia yearly.

As Isaiah prophesized, Israel continues to bloom, and blossom, from the north to the south. The greening of the desert with the gardens at Biblical Tamar Park is a part of fulfilling the prophecy.  Even more so as I reflect on another of Isaiah’s words found in Isaiah 51, verse 3.

For the LORD shall comfort Zion: he will comfort all her waste places, and he will make her wilderness like Eden, and her desert like the garden of the LORD; joy and gladness shall be found therein, thanksgiving, and the voice of melody.

The word for desert in Hebrew is interesting; we find many meanings. Two signify locality; Negev and Arava. What a “coincidence” that Biblical Tamar Park is in the “Arava” desert. . . the “desert” found in Isaiah 35:1 and 51:3. This is of prophetic significance!! The Arava is a region, a narrow strip of desert land that is located below sea level just south of the Dead Sea. (Once you hit sea level you are in the Negev desert.) Both Scriptures point to a time of joy, and rejoicing!

For those who have followed my work, you know my heart is to bring Scripture to life through my “Show and Smell” ministry. My “All the Trees of Frankincense” project comes from one of my favorite scripture passages in the Song of Songs 4:12-15.

A garden enclosed is my sister, my spouse; a spring shut up, a fountain sealed. Thy plants are an orchard of pomegranates, with pleasant fruits; camphire, with spikenard, Spikenard, and saffron; calamus and cinnamon, with all trees of frankincense; myrrh and aloes, with all the chief spices: A fountain of gardens, a well of living waters, and streams from Lebanon.

Frankincense is a gift to mankind and sad-to-say there are reports that some varieties of the plant could become extinct. If frankincense does become extinct it will be a great loss to our children and grandchildren. I consider myself to be one of many who lives today to be bringing awareness of the importance that frankincense is a tree that is worth the effort to preserve, and plant.

I hope that you pray about joining Precious Oils on our tours, by purchasing your frankincense essential oils and related products or donating to the project. Your support will plant and water trees and bring awareness and education of the precious plant of frankincense, and all the plants that will be part of The Gardens of The Ages for generations to come.

With love,


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All the Trees of Frankincense book will be available in Spring of 2018





First-Aid Kits for Israel

Dear Friends,

In a few days I will be departing for Israel for another volunteer assignment. While this journey is devoted to me cooking for groups in the desert at Biblical Tamar I know in my heart that I must continue to take blessings to Israel each and every time I go.

This will be the second time I’m taking these First-Aid kits. 25 of these kits fill one suitcase quite well.


Each kit contains a variety of gauze bandages and tape, bandages, antibiotic cream, pain-relievers and tea tree and lavender essential oils etc.

Donations are needed to help cover the costs of blessing Israel with the kits. These 25 kits will be going to a community that “just-so-happens” to have 25 families.

Online donations can be made through our web site with the PayPal link.

To give by check please make your check out to Liberty Ministries, Inc. Memo Israel 2016

Mail to Cynthia Hillson  PO Box 2036  Cornelius  NC  28031

This picture is from a delivery I made in June 2016.


When given lemons make lemonade or take First-aid



Dear Friends,

Since last November, just days after returning from Israel, I’ve had my share of lemons given to me . . . Seems like a whole grove of them in the area of my health.  Not to bore you all the details that started with the surgical removal of an abscess from a root canal that I had over three years ago. Then it was determined at my yearly physical, and a few more doctor appointments, that I need a hysterectomy but it had to be delayed because I was bitten by a spider the day after my physical. Four of the six bites had to be surgically removed which delayed the hysterectomy as it couldn’t be done until the spider bite incisions were closed, and there was new, pink skin. All of these issues had me at the pharmacy a lot. I had to take antibiotics for weeks. And then there was the surgical wounds as I used boxes upon boxes of 4” rolled gauze and lots of medical tape as I had to change bandages four times a day in the beginning, and then twice daily thereafter. All I can say it’s been a journey.

In February I looked beyond my automatic reach for the gauze and tape and saw a possible way for me to take the “lemons” and make lemonade and to share “lemonade” with Israel with “First-Aid”.


Walgreens had the most amazing “Build Your Own” first aid kit. Normally you would have to purchase three of the featured products and you would get the empty red case “free”. If you didn’t buy the products, they had a price for the case.

first aid bag 26 april 2016.png

On the day that I discovered them they had a markdown sign of $1.49 instead of the $4.99. I grabbed one and took it to the counter to have scanned. Bingo!! The markdown price was correct and you didn’t have to buy the featured items. I went back and grabbed the remaining five because I thought they would be a wonderful item to fill and take to Israel when I go late May and early June.  For those who don’t know me is through the years I have transported suitcases upon suitcases of medical supplies for Vision for Israel and other ministries, as well as individuals. One trip I carried a whole suitcase of nothing but surgical needles, another trip I transported boxes of gauze just like I had been using. 

Where we live we have two Walgreen’s. I promptly went across town and there wasn’t any of the red bags. That didn’t stop me to continue my search so off to Statesville and Troutman where I found bags at each location. Over the next few days I was in and out of nearly every Walgreens within a 30 to 40-mile radius. At one location as I was standing in line with a “motherlode” of bags the lady in front of me turned around and said “At first I thought you were holding a baby, but I see you must be preparing for something”. I said “No, not personal preparation but for others. I take benevolent items to Israel and I am gathering as many of the bags as I can find to fill them with basic medical supplies to take when I go there this spring.” She asked if I could go to the dollar store to get the stuff in which I replied that you can’t buy everything there and you have to go other places for supplies. She smiled, and then it was her turn to checkout. As she finished her transaction she got $20 change. She turned around and put it in my hand, looked at me and told me she wanted to help.

Here’s the picture of the red bags that I’ve gathered, three paper boxes full. The bags are empty and need to be filled. The picture really doesn’t show the neat little pockets under the items on the right of the filled bag to help you keep organized.



My ministry finances are always limited, David and I will do our best to fill as many of the bags as possible; but perhaps, you may want to help in this mission in which you can do any of the following.

  • Prayer for me to wisely distribute the bags throughout Israel. I can think of a dozen places that I could take them. Also, the “Message Stones” that I wrote about in a previous blog is still on my heart to take this journey.
  • Send supplies to my home. (129 Fesperman Circle Troutman  NC  28166). I can send you a list of the items that I want to put in there but the picture gives you an idea of the items. It is amazing how much the bags can hold.
  • Donate funds for me to purchase the items and for the extra luggage to transport an extra suitcase, or two. You can donate by check (Tax Deductible USA) and Send to Cynthia Hillson PO Box 2036 Cornelius, NC 28031. Please memo Israel 2016 on your check and make it out to Liberty Ministries, Inc.


Thank you for your support to take these “First-Aid” kits to Israel. And, it’s not too late to join me on this journey, or the one I will be doing in the fall.

In His Service,



Precious Oils Up On The Hill®

PO Box 2036

Cornelius, NC  28031











My Volunteering to Israel Fall 2015

Sylvie and Cynthia with gleaned grapes for Groups Fall 2014 Biblical Tamar

Cynthia and Sylvie with grapes gleaned Fall 2014 at Biblical Tamar Park

Dear Friends,

I’m returning to serve at Biblical Tamar Park located south of the Dead Sea in Israel for the tour and work groups that are scheduled in October and November 2015. My plans were to serve only in October but things have changed with the need of me being head cook through mid-November. Here are the details.

I spent all of February in Israel with Dr. Coxon, President of Blossoming Rose Israel & USA, and his work team just as I did in the fall of 2014 by cooking for groups from around the world as well as the volunteer work teams. It was in Feb that I committed to spend October at Tamar as the “Head Cook” for the Dutch, South African and Finnish groups scheduled to be at Tamar as well as welcome the work teams that will be working and completing exciting projects at this park this fall. These projects include the construction of Abraham’s Tent and The Tabernacle of Moses model display. Scheduled is the completion of the British Building and its educational display . . .  all are very exciting projects! It is an honor that I can serve the workers, many who have devoted 20 to 30 years of their lives to blessing Israel to make Biblical Tamar Park a National Park of Israel and an educational site where Israeli’s and tour groups can learn of seven periods of Jewish History in one place. The park is nearly completed and its next phase, the Garden of the Ages, is part of my future as the seven gardens are part of the next phase of Biblical Tamar Park!

Now, the reason for me to write you today is tell you that my plans to serve at Tamar had to be changed around late August. There was a couple, and another woman, who were scheduled to take the “cooking baton” from me the first of November for a large American tour group as well as the work teams that have more than enough projects to accomplish in their service to Israel. I’m a firm Believer in God giving each one us our talent and gifts. In the spring of 2014 when I told Dr. Coxon that I could cook for 2 to 200 little did I realize that I had a gift that was needed at Biblical Tamar Park? I’ve served at Tamar twice (Oct/Nov 2014 and Feb 2015) with my “cooking gift”. I’ve come to learn that it was something that was needed many years ago. A few of the volunteers have shared their stories over the years how they would come to Israel twice a year to work on the park and had to share the cooking duties as well as do the job they are gifted in, like electrical and other work in the caravans making them pleasant for the tour groups that stay at the park. Or, rock work using a skill they have learned from the IAA (Israel Archeological Authority). Some volunteer their time just to prune the palm trees with a chain saw and to rake the grounds so when tour buses and car loads of people enter the park they see a clean and well-maintained site. In addition there are a whole host of other projects that has taken a mound of sand that was discovered 30 years ago to a park of historical importance in Israel’s past . . . and in its future.

The “cook shortage” is two-fold. First, the Head Cook, Louise, and her husband Jack, have been cooking and a vital part of Tamar for over 20 years. Jack’s health has greatly diminished since I met them last year, so they won’t be able to travel. Amy, who was to help Louise and Jack had an emergency surgery on her neck; she also has been told that she can’t travel. Dr. Coxon, and his son hoped that I could do one of two things; the first to make plans to be in Israel for 7 weeks. That was impossible as that is too long of a time to be gone from my family and commitments. The second is for me to go to Israel for 2 weeks, come home for 2 weeks and then return for 3 weeks. In other words buy a second airline ticket, in which I don’t have funds for and put on a credit card. In the 30 journeys that I’ve been to Israel, God’s people, and my Precious Oils ministry, has always met the need to travel and bless Israel in ways that only God in heaven knows.

My first journey this fall is September 28 to October 10; the second is October 24 to November 14, 2015.  Dr. Coxon (Founder and President of Blossoming Rose) and his son, Rob (who’s in line to be the next President) have told me that I’m a “lifesaver” to Blossoming Rose during this season of a cook shortage.

My need of funds is about $2000 which is the cost of airfare, travel insurance and transportation to and from the park. If you find it in your heart to donate to my ministry, I’d be so grateful.

To learn more where I’m serving at this “gem in the desert” go to Here you will find mission statement and past newsletters that share the story of Biblical Tamar Park. You will also find a pdf version of the brochure as well as information how you can be part of the volunteer teams, or even take a group to spend an unforgettable experience at this very special place. There is also a number of articles online that share historical information, one is this informative article.

Thank you for sharing your time in prayer, and your finances in blessing Israel.

With love,


Tax deductible giving is as follows.

Send to:

Cynthia Hillson

PO Box 2036

Cornelius, NC  28031

Please make checks payable to Liberty Ministries, Inc.

Memo: Hillson Missions ~ Israel

Yom Kippur 5775 ~ 3 Oct 2014

Dear Friends,

In a few hours the Holiest Day of the year begins here in the US, in Israel it started a few hours ago. It is Yom Kippur.

I’ve written about Yom Kippur in my Esther’s Days of Purification as well as published a small teaching called Ketoret. Earlier this year I began to compile a number of other notes to make the Ketoret a complete teaching.  Even with all the craziness of me preparing to depart to Israel for six weeks I felt this information was important. Ironically, I will be spending most of my time on the ancient incense trail while I am in Israel.




And Moses said unto Aaron, Take a censer, and put fire therein from off the altar, and put on incense, and go quickly unto the congregation, and make an atonement for them: for there is wrath gone out from the LORD; the plague is begun. And Aaron took as Moses commanded, and ran into the midst of the congregation; and, behold, the plague was begun among the people: and he put on incense, and made an atonement for the people. And he stood between the dead and the living; and the plague was stayed. Now they that died in the plague were fourteen thousand and seven hundred, beside them that died about the matter of Korah. And Aaron returned unto Moses unto the door of the tabernacle of the congregation: and the plague was stayed.     Numbers 16:46-50

Ketoret has the unique property of protection as a fumigation as we look into the Hebrew word.

(Strong’s  H7004   קטרת   qeṭôreth  ket-o’-reth  From H6999; a fumigation: – (sweet) incense, perfume.

H6999   קטר   qâṭar   kaw-tar’

A primitive root (rather identical with H7000 through the idea of fumigation in a close place and perhaps thus driving out the occupants); to smoke, that is, turn into fragrance by fire (especially as an act of worship): – burn (incense, sacrifice) (upon), (altar for) incense, kindle, offer (incense, a sacrifice).

While today we normally wouldn’t be using an incense burner/censer with whole spices ground into an incense powder as a fumigation we do use essential oils with a diffuser.

Yalkut Meam Loez cites a story from Midrash Haneelam.

Rav Aha once arrived in a certain town that had been ravaged by a plague for seven days. The townspeople came to him and told him of their troubles. The plague was only intensifying, and they did not know what to do. He said, “Let us go to the Bet Kenesset (House of the Congregation) and pray that it stops.” As they made their way towards the Bet Kenesset, people came and told them that the plague had claimed even more victims; others are about to die. He said, “Since the calamity is so severe and time is running out, we will not go to the Bet Kenesset. Rather, bring me forty G-d-fearing people and they will divide into groups of ten, each of which should go to one direction of the city and recite ‘pitum haketoret’ (the Talmudic discussion of the ingredients of the ketoret) three times. They should then add, ‘Moshe said to Aharon: Take the firepan and place fire upon it from the altar and place ketoret, and quickly bring it to the nation and atone on their behalf… ‘ until ‘and the plague ended.’” They did as he told, and the plague stopped. All those who had been stricken were cured. A heavenly voice called out to the harmful spirits, “Do no more damage in this town, for the attribute of justice no longer has any control over them!”

Rav Aha was exhausted and fell asleep. He dreamt that it was told to him, “Just as you eliminated the plague from the city, so must you bring them back in teshuva, for one cannot endure without the other, because it was on account of their sins that the plague was decreed”. He told this to the townspeople and they repented. They changed the name of the town to “Mahsiya,” which means “town of compassion”. They kept the town’s name in their minds at all times so as to ensure that they would not return to their sinful ways.

The following is excerpts from a rare book from David Israel Macht written 1928.  I’m including this information because of the importance of the ingredients of the Holy Incense and how the pharmacological essence of the incense affects us.

“From a pharmacological point of view incense is especially interesting in two respects. First in regards to is antiseptic properties, secondly, in regard to its effects on the nervous system, and more particularly on the psychological functions, through the sense of smell. (In my book, Esther’s Days of Purification, I share insight on the sense of smell and emotions.)

The World War was instrumental, (Remember only one world war had happened at this time in history) in connection with the impetus given to the search for antiseptics and germicidal properties of various essential oils; as for instance so well described by Cavel. This antiseptic action of volatile oils was un-doubtly responsible for the remarkable medicinal virtues of various balsams used in ancient times, especially in the treatment and healing of wounds.

Oh my, as I read this I had to run to my library. I pulled Gattefosse’s Aromatherapy book off of my shelf and nearly fainted as I read. Now that I’ve picked myself up off the floor I have to tell you the importance of not only Gattefosse “coining” the word aromatherapy, (many believed he did so in 1928); the same year that Macht wrote the above. As I began to re-read Robert Tisserand’s Editor Introduction my eyes fell to these words.

“Wound healing was a major problem, and the cause of many deaths during first World War. Essential oils might have been more widely used during the Second World War if penicillin had not been discovered, but they were used to a limited degree – for instance some Australian troops carried tea tree oil, until supplies ran out.”

Essential oils, such as Tea Tree Oil as we know today aren’t the infused oil that were used in Biblical times. There is much controversy about essential oil discovery but it is of our research that a Persian physician, Ib’n Sina, better known as Avicenna (980 A.D.-1037 A.D.) who was a celebrity throughout the Arab world is the one who greatly contributed to the process when he introduced the use of a refrigerated coil in the distillation process of plants. It is believed that distillation of aromatic flowers and essential oils methods were done in basic and mostly crude stills that were used before his discovery. Avicenna was highly advanced in many ‘modern’ methods of medicine many which are still used today. His published works included The Book of Healing and the Canon of Medicine. He is also accredited with writings on the use of over 800 medicinal plants.

The NAHA writes: Distillation appears to have been practiced throughout ancient times. Based upon the current interpretation Paolo Rovesti’s discovery of an earthenware distillation apparatus, the production or extraction of aromatic oils by means of steam distillation, has been known for 5000 years. During the fifth century AD, the famed writer, Zosimus of Panopolis, refers to the distilling of a divine water and panacea. Throughout the early Middle Ages and beyond, a crude form of distillation was known and was used primarily to prepare floral waters or distilled aromatic waters. These appear to have been used in perfumery, as digestive tonics, in cooking, and for trading.

Although an extensive trade of odoriferous material has been shown to have occurred in the ancient Orient and ancient Greece and Rome, the oils used were not essential oils per se, “rather they were obtained by placing flowers, roots, and other plant material into a fatty oil of best quality, submitting the glass bottles containing these mixtures to the warming influence of the sun and finally separating odoriferous oil from the solid constituents”.

Oh, remember how the year 1928 stuck out to me as when the term “aromatherapy” is thought to be coined and David Macht wrote his book on the Holy Incense the same year? Well, my friend, another “factoid” I found on 1928 is when I was researching penicillin and how it was discovered on Sept 15, 1928.

Penicillin is one of the earliest discovered and widely used antibiotic agents, derived from the Penicillium mold. Antibiotics are natural substances that are released by bacteria and fungi into their environment, as a means of inhibiting other organisms – it is chemical warfare on a microscopic scale.

In 1928, Sir Alexander Fleming observed that colonies of the bacterium Staphylococcus aureus could be destroyed by the mold Penicillium notatum, proving that there was an antibacterial agent there in principle. This principle later lead to medicines that could kill certain types of disease-causing bacteria inside the body.

At the time, however, the importance of Alexander Fleming’s discovery was not known. Use of penicillin did not begin until the 1940s when Howard Florey and Ernst Chain isolated the active ingredient and developed a powdery form of the medicine.

Have you read Steven Harrold Buhner’s books, Herbal Antibiotic’s and Herbal Antiviral’s? Buhner gives insight the why and how’s of getting back to plant-based medicine as he gently warns us of the soon-coming lack of antibiotics’. Perhaps, as the pharmaceutical antibiotics diminish, and are no longer being researched against the superbugs, it is a reason for us to know the power of God’s plant kingdom and learn more about herbal and natural remedies including, but not limited to, essential oils? Perhaps that is why there is such a “buzz” about the essential oils?

He who has “ears” listen to what the spirit is saying.

You can order the Ketoret booklet with the additional notes included from my web site. With the Ketoret teaching you will also receive a small vial of Ketoret.

This offer will end 4 Oct 2014 @10 am and be mailed out on Monday, 6 Oct 2014.

Ketoret Book Cover

Apothecary Mama Intro

Apothecary Mama Intro ~ Enjoy!



Dear Friends,

I have two new items that you will find on my web sites soon and some upcoming conferences this spring. First, let me introduce you to our all natural, essential oil perfume. I’ll be posting our Reflection Jewelry line on our blog and web site in the spring when The Healing Rose; The Rest of The Story of Esther’s Purification is available.

 אישׁון    Iyshon  

Keep me as the apple of the eye,  hide me under the shadow of thy wings. 

   Psalms 17:8   KJV

Hear Our Voices Book Cover Eliahu Schwarz

Keep me as the apple of the eye – Preserve me; guard me; defend me, as one defends that which is to him most precious and valuable. In the original there is a remarkable strength of expression, and at the same time a remarkable confusion of gender in the language. The literal translation would be, “Keep me as the little man – the daughter of the eye.” The word “apple” applied to the eye means the pupil, the little aperture in the middle of the eye, through which the rays of light pass to form an image on the retina (“Johnson, Webster”); though “why” it is called the “apple” of the eye the lexicographers fail to tell us. The Hebrew word אישׁון  ‘ı^ysho^n. – means properly, “a little man,” and is given to the apple or pupil of the eye, “in which, as in a mirror, a person sees his own image reflected in miniature.”  Albert Barnes Commentary

Apothecary Cynthia Hillson’s Iyshon is an all-natural perfume blended with essential oils and grape alcohol. It’s a bit spicy and a little sweet.
In the fragrance of Iyshon you will find gentle nuances of botanicals that include herbs, flowers, leaves, fruits, spices and roots blended with grape alcohol. The preciousness of an all natural perfume is that it is absorbed into your skin and not lay on your skin such as chemical perfumes do.  Wear as a perfume, body spray or add a few drops to a bath.

Apothecary Cynthia has hand-crafted Iyshon blending a fragrance that she hopes will take you to days when you didn’t have a care in the world; like walking in the sand at the beach, listening to the waves. Imagine sitting on a bench in a botanical garden taking in the beauty of the colors and fragrances of the flowers, trees and herbs. Reflect the quiet moments that you mediate on God’s Word pondering His promises for you. For Cynthia, carefree days include walking in the Jewish Quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem and why she has included a portrait of herself for Iyshon.

Iyshon Portrait 9 Feb 2014

Cynthia’s portrait was created for her by Artist Eliahu Schwarz in October 2006. His studio is in the Old City of Jerusalem and can be found near the Western Wall. Eliahu is a gifted artist whose use of media is pen, pencil and watercolors. He’s produced two books, “To Jerusalem, With Love” and his second “Hear Our Voices; Women at Prayer”. Eliahu’s women at prayer book includes 53 drawings; each one with an excerpt of the Psalms. In the intro of his book Eliahu writes:

With this collection of drawings of women at prayer at the “Western Wall” (hakotel hamaaravi a/k/a the Wailing Wall) I have attempted to lend form to the spiritual, basically an impossible undertaking. An undertaking that has captured my imagination for close to 10 years ~ praying, observing, searching, and trying to make the invisible visible.


The unending endeavor of human beings in search of communication with the Almighty, I wanted to make perceivable with the aid of my pencil, a labor that gave me much gratification.


I was deeply touched and inspired by the prevailing atmosphere and the women’s way of prayer demonstrated by their bearing, their gestures, their ardent fervor, their faith and diversity of approach to their Maker, the most High.


In the stillness of my studio (near the Western Wall), I toiled in order to perfect and complete these drawings and make them accessible to the public.


May they create an impression of surpassing human frailties, and lead to a deeper understanding of human beings amongst ourselves. It was, and is, for me, an ongoing dialogue with the essence of human nature in general, women in particular, and the search for closeness to the Almighty.

Eliahu Schwarz

 Eliahu inscribed my book and he didn’t even know my Hebrew name is Ora (light).

My book Inscription

Cynthia’s heart’s desire for the wearer of Iyshon is to find time to reflect on the goodness of the Lord and his fragrant creation found in plants. She also reminds you of these verses found in Psalm 141.

LORD, I cry unto thee: make haste unto me; give ear unto my voice, when I cry unto thee. Let my prayer be set forth before thee as incense; and the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice. Set a watch, O LORD, before my mouth; keep the door of my lips. But mine eyes are unto thee, O GOD the Lord: in thee is my trust; leave not my soul destitute. Keep me from the snares which they have laid for me, and the gins of the workers of iniquity. Let the wicked fall into their own nets, while I will escape.  

Psalms 141:1-3 & 8-10 KJV

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem.

Apothecary Cynthia Hillson

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