Kotel, Western Wall, praying in Jerusalem, , Israel,  on April 24, 2012.

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Taken 15:34:11 IDT on April 24, 2012, in Jerusalem, . Shot with Canon PowerShot G7 at 1/1600 at f/7 with 10.7mm lens at 192 ISO. Original file name: IMG_2729.JPG

The heroic action of waiting

“Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary.” Galatians 6:9 NASB I listened to all of Handel’s “Messiah” on Friday night for the first time.  What a blessing YouTube can be. It really is an amazing work. It is Scripture put to song. It is prophecy and fulfillment laid out. You can read the libretto on Stanford University’s website. The oratorio that […]

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War and peace in Jerusalem

“So glad you’re not in work today. Just seen stabbings at Jaffa Gate.” So read a text message from my best friend in Cardiff, Wales. My heart sank, and I quickly went to a news website, which confirmed the attacks. (The two attackers were killed, and two victims have died). Then a text message from an Israeli friend asking if I was O.K. made sense. I thought she’d messaged only because I hadn’t answered her […]

Kay Wilson after Kristine Luken memorial service marking 5 years since Luken's murder.

What do you say to a terror survivor or a hero?

Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep. – Romans 12:15 At Texas A&M University there is a tradition. Well, there are many traditions, but the one I am thinking of is called Muster. On April 21 every year, current and former students gather at the school and in cities around the world to remember those fellow Aggies who have died in the last year. A roll call of the dead is […]

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How to survive end-time battles

Lessons learned during the Second Intifada Either the wave of knifing attacks in Jerusalem have slowed or we’re desensitizing. The atmosphere in the city has felt lighter, though it is still wise to be watchful. Many of the attacks this past week seemed to be outside Jerusalem. Contributor Rick Ridings spoke last week at Succat Hallel about living through the Second Intifada in the early 2000s. He shared lessons that we all should take to […]

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Ripples of violence disrupt life in Jerusalem

I’ve been pondering for days what to write about last week’s events in  Jerusalem. Reporting a lot of detail is a waste of time. There are ample news sources doing a good job (and watchful groups calling out those doing a TERRIBLE job. CNN & MSNBC, I’m looking at you). Instead, I want to share some of the ripples I’ve seen and felt every time a stone is thrown in the water. Prayer is suddenly […]