Jerusalem – city of hope - A Christian Science Perspective from The Christian Science Monitor


A woman reflects on hope and healing that Christ Jesus’ resurrection inspires.

When you see this, your heart shall rejoice, and your bones shall flourish like grass” (Isaiah 66:14). These words, translated here in the New King James Version of the Bible, were hastily carved by a 4th-century pilgrim as graffiti on the crumbling Western Wall in Jerusalem. I’ve heard it said that the temple wall had so captured his heart that it became a place of hope and renewal for him.

I was fascinated by this ancient graffiti when I visited Jerusalem. The city itself is one of momentous history but also, I found, extraordinary vitality, making it an inspiring place to visit. Historically, it has often been a center of turmoil. Christ Jesus lamented, “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, which killest the prophets, and stonest them that are sent unto thee; how often would I have gathered thy children together, as a hen doth gather her brood under her wings, and ye would not!” (Luke 13:34). But the turmoil in Jerusalem in Jesus’ day was secondary to the deeply restorative and liberating events that would take place – such as Jesus’ resurrection. Read more on csmonitor.com.

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