The Wailing Wall
“Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken.” (Psalm 55:22)
Where do you go to meet with God? Where do you go to talk with God with the expectation that God will meet you there? When life becomes filled with worries and troubles to whom do you express your concerns? For Jewish people, the answer is the Western Wall, also referred to as the Wailing Wall.
The Wailing Wall is a sacred place of prayer and pilgrimage. Solomon, the son of David, built the First Temple and the Babylonians destroyed it in 587-586 BCE when they besieged Jerusalem and took the leaders into captivity in Babylon. However, the returning Exiles rebuilt the Second Temple. Later, the Romans destroyed it again in 70 CE. Therefore, the remaing Wall has a rich tradition as a sacred gathering place to meet with God and it provides comfort and assurance to Jews and all people who come seeking to commune with God.
Our church created a wall on our church property as a symbol of the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem to provide the community and its members with a place to meet with God and offer prayers on behalf of themselves and others.
Please write your prayers on the paper provided and place them in the cracks in the wall. The pastor and other ministers will remove them at least every six months and offer them up to God by burying them in the tradition of the prayers left in the ancient Wailing Wall in Jerusalem.