JERUSALEM: Where the Divine Presence Always Rests

This is written on the sign that welcomes us to the Western Wall Plaza.  The western wall is believed to be the sole remnant of the Temple and considered a permanent place of worship.

People from all over the world come to this plaza area, to this wall to pray, to read their scriptures and pray some more.  There is an air of reverence here.  Modest clothing, heads covered, conversations subdued.  Even the school children I saw were quiet and respectful.

Prayers are often written out and stuffed in the cracks between the stones. 

Entering this large open air place of worship, was quite an experience.  People coming, maybe for once in a lifetime, like me, or as part of their daily routine, each seeking to feel a nearness of God and leaving with the hope that He cared and had heard their hearfelt prayers.

You may never have the opportunity to pray at the western wall.  Yet we must remember that drawing near to God isn’t so much about a location but the condition of our heart.

…since we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession….let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.  Hebrews 4: 14, 16


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