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In Istanbul and Jerusalem



Sixty years ago, Hope met Ova Sünder, an American Field Service student; they bonded and have grownas friends ever since. On Tuesday they met again in Istanbul and spent three days enjoying this magnificent city. Istanbul is a city in tension, both political and religious, and so it is quite an introduction to Jerusalem, a place of like conflict.


On Friday, Bill and Hope and Susan Pinkerton and Molly Louden began their pilgrimage in Jerusalem. They are seen here entering the Old City just through Damascus Gate. We spent much of the day getting oriented and visiting Holy Sepulchre Church and being deeply moved by the pilgrims all around us. It is true that places are hallowed by what happened there and by what happens there as well. The stone of anointing just inside Holy Sepulchre is illustrative. For fine and well-documented archeological and theological and historical reasons, scholars do not believe that this stone is where Jesus was prepared for burial. But the pilgrims who bend over the stone and wash it with their tears and hold their children upon it and raise their prayers for healing and direction and thanksgiving and forgiveness, those pilgrims who struggle to kneel down beside the stone with broken limbs and pray don’t care what the scholars think. And so our hearts are moved by this faith that is palpable, by the trust and hope that fill the air.
Tonight twenty four more pilgrims joined us from Connecticut and New York and New Hampshire and Great Britain and we are so thankful to be together.

Posted by HopeEakins 08:56 Archived in Israel

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God's speed! You all look so wonderful and filled with the Spirit! We are with you in prayer, sending much love!

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