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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: White (10/29/09)

TITLE: White Stones
By Birga Alden
10/29/09


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Having been home for a week, two things became clear. First, I had finally recovered 100% from incredible jet-lag. Second, I was missing terribly a circle of friends, who only a few weeks earlier were a group of complete strangers. Checking Facebook several times a day brought new waves of memories as each person shared their photos and comments that reflected their unique views of Israel.
Many of the photos were the same: the landmarks, the nice dinners, the Dead Sea and the walls of Jerusalem. Each camera had attempted to capture a modern view of a historical land.
And then there were the photos of the white stones. Each ancient structure that was built to house, protect or glorify its owner lay in ruins. From the City of David, to the Western Wall, these white stones stood as a reminder of great leaders of the past-- some two, three, even four thousand years later. Some sites signified a generation of leaders and times of prosperity. Others memorialized the destruction of a community and their way of life.
These white stones brought a group of journalists together from across the United States and Canada. It is these same stones that are responsible for taking 19 men and women, as diverse in thought and background as they were in appearance, and giving them a common bond. These white stones told the stories of ancient days, Biblical days, that lead up to the greatest story of them all; the life, death and resurrection of Jesus. And it is the shared love of Jesus that has knit this fabric of humanity together across both space and time.
Looking at each otherís photos, it became apparent that these white stones had made an impression upon each one of us. For some, the awe of ancient architecture was captured. For others, the photos reflected the inspiration that came from the inhabitants of these stone structures. For me, it was a humble reminder of why I had been blessed with meeting these incredible men and women. It was a sacrifice, made 2000 years ago, in the shadow of the white stone walls. His death brought me life, and gave me brothers and sisters from across the world, grafted into a single family.
The thought has occurred to me that I may never again see these new friends this side of heaven. But those souls, who posed for pictures in front of those white stones, will not be forgotten. I can say with confidence that they will be loved and missed until we meet again, in the New Jerusalem.


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BeckyJoie Oakes11/05/09
I LOVE your story! I too find Israel intoxicating. What a great way to bring the past, present and future together in one story!
Sherrie Coronas11/05/09
You've inspired me to redouble my efforts to get to Israel. Thanks for sharing from the heart!
Virgil Youngblood 11/07/09
Great memories. A space between paragraphs would make for easier reading. Someday I hope I can see the white stones you have seen.