Words can’t really describe my time spent in Jerusalem a few days ago, so I decided to create some photos and videos of my experience. It’s one thing to read about what once was before and during the time of Christ in the bible, but to walk on the same grounds he once walked on was one of the most breathtaking experiences in my life.
One of the highlights of my day in Jerusalem was seeing the Western Wall. It is over 2000 years old and the holiest praying site for Jews. The wall was built in 19 BCE by Herod the Great to enclose The Temple Mount which till this day is the holiest site in Judaism. The first temple was built by King Solomon in 957 BCE and destroyed later by the Babylonians during the exile period. The second temple was then rebuilt in 515 BCE and destroyed by the Romans in 70 CE.
Imagine having the most important thing to you in life taken away and being left with something that reminds you of it or something in close proximity to it. It is a spot of worship and mourning for the Jews. One interesting thing I observed were a bunch of sticky notes on the wall. I later learned that the sticky notes are placed there with a personal message written on them in hope that their prayers will be answered.
I walked away from Jerusalem with a better perspective on life and a bigger appreciation for what I have. You haven’t really suffered until you’ve been deprived of the things that mean the most to you in life. Count your blessings….Life could be a lot worse.
Until next week folks!