We traveled to the Garden Tomb, Golgotha (the Place of the Skull). The enemy (satan) was filling me with dread, but as the door opened into the garden joy slowly but surely replaced that emotion. Our guide told us the history of the garden, believed by some to be the place of the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus.
Then, I saw the door to the tomb which read, "He is not here, for He is risen" and my soul was flooded with joy. Many of us spontaneously began to sing. This was a lingering place! We celebrated communion in the garden. I never wanted to leave!
We entered the Old City of Jerusalem, within the city walls. We were given instructions concerning the Western Wall or "Wailing Wall" as some call it. It is the most important religious site for Jewish people because it is believed to be the only ruin left of Solomon's time and the original Temple.
As we walked into the courtyard area I looked to my right and there it was, moss covered, and obviously very ancient, the sight of it made me catch my breath. Many people of all walks were standing, praying, and touching the wall. Men worship on one side and the women on the other. Prayers are written and inserted into the wall itself and daily removed and stored. I left a prayer for Jon's (our youngest son) complete healing.
Thought: God honors all prayers that glorify Him, so we knew ours was answered!