Jerusalem Streets in Early Spring

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The poppies are gorgeous in Jerusalem now.

Yesterday was such a great day for us–very relaxing. We took time to walk through the Germany Colony, take photos, explore shops and restaurants, and sit in an Internet cafe for a few hours. Wayne had a frappacino and I had a fresh carrot, apple, and ginger juice.

I am having plenty of opportunity to brush up on my Hebrew–which is right now more than little rusty. But if I stayed here for a few months I would find my “language” legs again, I am sure.

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In Hebrew, pansies are called “amnon vetamar.” They are named for the biblical characters “Amnon and Tamar” because the flowers look like faces. And it is true.

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The yellow poppies are so sunny and warm…

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Of course, the flowering rosemary grows profusely…

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On our walk back to the hotel, I came across this painted heart on an old Jerusalem stone. And I thought I couldn’t agree more. I “heart” Jerusalem. There is something so divine about this place–so sanctified. This is a city with rich history, bloodshed, prophetic significance, peace, war, and injustice. Many stories of sadness and joy are locked within her stones. 

And I believe that one day her eternal calling of glory and beauty will trump all the tragedy.

If I forget you, O Jerusalem,
let my right hand forget how to play the harp.
May my tongue stick to the roof of my mouth
if I fail to remember you,
if I don’t make Jerusalem my greatest joy.

Psalm 137:5-6


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