I woke up this morning to see the sun rise over Jerusalem. Everything in Jerusalem is built with limestone--there are no skyscrapers, no towering steel monstrosities. Everything is built in keeping with the Old City, and with the traditions of thousands of years ago. It is a breathtaking sight.
You cannot throw a small limestone in this country without hitting a site significant to either Jews or Christians--or both. Yesterday, I visited the tomb of Abraham in Hebron. Earlier, I entered Bethlehem and saw the traditional birthplace of Jesus. There is something calming about standing in these spots, something that transcends the centuries and places you in the bigger narrative of mankind.
It's an important thing to remember, especially as war in the name of religion is waged all around us here in Israel. The Holy Land is both stunningly beautiful and ravaged by holy wars of every century. Looking around, you wonder why God chose this place. And you realize that when you stand in Israel, you are at the fulcrum of an epic battle, regardless of what century in which you stand.