If I could only share ONE thing from the Holy Land, this would be it

by | Sep 16, 2015 | Events, Quiet Times | 5 comments

I don’t know that I’ll ever be able to effectively put into words the impact that my first trip to Israel had on my heart. The land. The history. The people. The experiences. All of which swirled together in my soul like a divine soup which I will sip from often from now until the Lord returns and reigns once again.

I fell in love with the Promised Land.

Every day was packed with adventure. From exploring the ruins of the pools of Bethesda to serving the young men and women in the military to praying in the Garden of Gethsemane – we did it all. And yet, as rich as our adventure was, we also left behind a lifetime of experiences yet to be had.

I hope to share just a few of them as time goes by, but for now, I will share just one. Since Israel is considered the Holy Land, there was a part of me that expected to feel closer to God on “His turf,” if that makes sense. After all, people make pilgrimages from all over the world just to visit Jerusalem – the City of David – the place where Jesus lived, died and rose again.

However, in the “holiest place on earth,” I wasn’t “feeling it.” In fact, if it is possible to be overwhelmed with underwhelm, that would better describe my state of mind. Yes, I was overcome with emotion; it just wasn’t the emotion I expected. So if I could only share one thing from the Holy Land, this 2-minute video would be it. It’s my honest, unedited first impression of the Western Wall, and I pray that it will encourage you. [Watch now]

Until next time, shalom. (I learned that in Israel!) 🙂


  1. Sherry Roberts

    Absolutely beautiful, Emily. I pray to have the opportunity to go to Israel some day, but your message was so inspiring. You are an amazing witness for Christ!

  2. Peggy Galvan

    Beautiful truth…so grateful God has made the way for all who believe

  3. Rose

    Love it! It doesn’t matter where we are. We can have access to Jesus there. This is a fantastic truth. There are many Jews living in Israel who were born and raised in the very land that Jesus was, and they themselves don’t have what we as Christians have. So thankful to know HIM!

  4. S. Hall

    That was Awesome!


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