Today is Sunday.
We ate a quick breakfast and were well on our way to a busy day. We started out by taking a long tour through the Jewish quarter and stopped along the way to get free Siddurs (prayer books) and Bibles. While waiting for some of the group to get back a few of us sang “What a Wonderful World” and it seemed fitting. Then we ate lunch and finally made it back to The Wall (Kotel).
Upon approaching the Kotel for the second time, it was different. Its hard to put into words the awe of seeing the most HOLY PLACE in the world. I had written a note last night and was actually able to find a place to slip it into the wall. With my new Bible in hand I read Joshua 1:9 and Jeremiah 29:11 which made the feelings more incredible. I prayed. I actually struggled to find the words. I mean what can you say to the most holy, divine being while in the holiest city. Its overwhelming. I cried…alot! I kept my eyes close and I felt like I was in another world. I can hear other people yet it was easy to drown them out and really focus. Upon opening my eyes the world seems different, not necessarily good or bad, just like its changed. It was incredible to think that more than 3.5 years ago someone put a prayer in this wall for my health, right after my accident. And here I am, putting my own note of thanksgiving. INCREDIBLE.
G-d is so good.
Then I took some pictures and stood with three of my friends who I had gotten close to. We circled up and I prayed for us, I started to cry. It was beautiful and wonderful at the same time.
It felt so hard to turn away and the leave the kotel. I felt empty without the letter but I have also felt very at peace and “in the moment” while being on this trip. Its just hard to know that I don’t know when I will be back and see the Kotel again.