I just returned home two days ago from a pilgrimage to Israel. Words cannot express all that I experienced. I am still extremely jet-lagged and still processing all that transpired on this pilgrimage. I journaled every day I was there and I am sure there are many more blogs to come out of this trip. On my last day in Israel, I wrote a Psalm that captures my gratitude for all God did in me during this amazing pilgrimage.
Heidi’s Psalm of Gratitude
God, You have been so good to me!
I asked, “God, would You please meet me in Jerusalem?
In the land You walked and called home while on Earth before You
made Your home in me?”
And Jesus, how You have met me!
You have provided my way for this pilgrimage,
To appear before You in Jerusalem,
You have strengthened me,
You have delivered me from feelings of abandonment,
You have healed me.
When I turned my face to the wall,
Like You told me to do,
You met me!
You have filled me afresh with the Holy Spirit
You have brought me back to the Cross-and the empty tomb.
How can I not praise You?
How can I not commit myself afresh to You?
To holiness, to the study of Your Word, to prayer,
To loving people, to the calling You have on my life?
And as a sign of my fresh commitment to You
Under the Jordan River I went
When I arose out of the baptismal waters
Joy filled my heart
Laughter was on my lips
The joy of the Lord truly is my strength!
Forever may I praise and worship You!
And proclaim to the nations what You have done for me! Amen!!!
Praying at the Wailing/Western wall. Such a powerful moment for me.
Praying before being baptized in the Jordan.
The empty tomb
In the empty tomb.
Taking communion in front of the empty tomb. Powerful time.
I so believe this!