I have always wanted to go to Jerusalem to walk through the pages of the Bible in person. So when I found out I would be attending a conference in Jerusalem, the first person I thought of was Sister Carol. She made the Bible come to life for me in her Bible studies. The first thing I did was to go online to plan my itinerary in the Holy Land and was overwhelmed by the number of places I wanted to see; the Western Wall, Temple Mount, Mount of Olives, Garden of Gethsemane, Church of the Holy Sepulchre, and the Garden Tomb to name a few. What if I didn’t have time to see everything I wanted to? I knew I had to prioritize, but how?

From what I was reading online, some people believe the Church of the Holy Sepulchre to be the site of Jesus’ crucifixion and burial, while others believe it to be the Garden Tomb. If I only had time to see one, which should it be?
I called Sister Carol. In a nutshell, Sister Carol said that historically, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre had been believed to be the site of Jesus’ crucifixion and burial. The Garden Tomb is a first-century tomb that could show me what Jesus’ tomb may have looked like. Then Sister Carol reminded me of the most important thing to know about visiting either tomb, Jesus is not there. He is Risen.
So may each of us feel the love, joy, and hope of our Risen Lord every day.

Shared by Patricia Wu

The Holy City by Michael Maybrick, with lyrics by Fredric Weatherly, c. 1892

One response to “Jerusalem”

  1. Patricia, your blog writings are always so interesting and thought-provoking. Thank you for this beautiful story of your trip to Jerusalem – and the wisdom of Sister Carol!

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