It’s my anniversary today. One year ago today I ascended the Temple Mount. My family and I traveled over 7,000 miles to go there.
I was going to reminisce and write about my experience of going on the Temple Mount. But I’ll save that for another time. My thoughts have been trumped by a prayer my daughter just prayed.
My family and I miss Israel all of the time, but especially now as we think about being there a year ago. Just before bedtime my teenage daughter and I were talking about how much we missed Israel. She then said a special prayer, and it went a little something like this.
“Dear God, I’ve been thinking a lot about Israel and I miss being there. Please help us get to return there soon. I pray for the Jews there. They are so beautiful and incredible. It is time for them to live in peace. Please light a spark in them and remind them that it is time to rebuild the Temple. And remind them that they are Your chosen people. If any of them are not connected to You, please help them connect to You and help all of them worship You together as one. And again, please bring peace to Jerusalem, that will spread throughout Israel, and then throughout the whole world. Amen.”
That is a non-Jewish teenager’s hope for you Israel. She loves you and is looking to you to change the world. I am too. Until then, you will remain in our thoughts and prayers.