Jerusalem

by Justice Anna von Reitz
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Jerusalem
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For 10,000 years and more, no place on Earth has been so fought over, so honored, so despised. Every brick and stone is steeped in history, and more than likely, blood. Shepherd boys and beggars, kings and queens, Crusaders, and the rose petals of Saladin have come and gone here.
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Alone, the Temple Mount squats darkly in its place, the Dome above the only sign of any redeeming grace; not one stone left upon another.
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The Romans have left their other signs and traces, the scars of their siege engines, the bodies of their martyred Christians, their thoughtlessly poisonous aqueducts and cisterns, and later, more Christian martyrs of a different kind, Crusaders of the Roman Catholic Church, still at odds with Jerusalem.
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The Christians in all their kinds still come and go, Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, and Methodist…. The Muslims, too, having built their mosques and minarets have come to this city, beloved and mysterious; their calls to prayer send the pigeons skyward each morning, white wings flashing. And forever and always, the Jews, both faithful and apostate.
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What a panoply Jerusalem is, what a canvas of all that is best and all that is worst in all of humanity. And it has been this way for thousands of years.
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Let us, each day, remember to open the city gates of Jerusalem, including those that are now blocked up with stones and mortar. Let all eight gates stand wide open in the early morning light of each new day, while the city is sleepy and peaceful and just coming awake.
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Smile and cast a golden glow of peace and a spirit of openness over Jerusalem, and a nagging, growing, sense of hope over all of its people and all of their faiths. Picture a seed awakening and beginning to grow, just a little tiny thing, the size of a speck of dust, in a courtyard in Jerusalem. So many, many things could kill it, but it continues to grow, because the grace of the Living God is with it.
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