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Jerusalem the Golden has always been a favorite hymn of mine…

Jerusalem the Golden has always been a favorite hymn of mine.  The soaring melody and lush harmonies my make heart beat faster, to say nothing of the words:

 

Jerusalem the golden, with milk and honey blest,

Beneath thy contemplation sink heart and voice oppressed.

I know not, O I know not, what joys await us there,

What radiancy of glory, what bliss beyond compare!

 

The hymn is a love poem to a city, the holy city of God, the place of expectation and longing.  I always loved that hymn, but I never truly understood it until I saw Jerusalem for myself.   The magnificent walls, the steep hills, the ancient churches, synagogues, and mosques: there is nothing like it on earth, the place where three great faiths were born.

 

This video captures a bit of the breathless wonder that is Jerusalem and the holy land.  Enjoy!

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=iPQI6Yupt48

 

Rev. Dr. Shawnthea Monroe

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