A Holy Land Pilgrimage Day 6
‘Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.’
But where does our faith find its foundation? The author of Hebrews gives examples in Chapter 11 of those who are model of faith: Abel, Abraham, Sarah, Isaac and from Moses and to them God has shown faithfulness. We never know what the future will bring, but there are times when this uncertainty is more powerfully felt. In these times, it is helpful to look back on our path and remember what God promised and did.
Mount Moriah (pictured) is symbolically and historically deeply significant in the three Abrahamic religions. Tradition holds that it ‘Foundation Stone’ of the world’s creation; it is said to be the place where Abraham was ready to sacrifice his son Isaac. It is where the Jewish Temples stood and the resting place of the Ark of the Covenant. It is where Jesus was presented and introduced to Simeon and where he regularly taught. For Muslims, the Haram esh-Sharif is where the Prophet Muhammad was carried by night on his horse Buraq, from Mecca, where he prayed and ascended to Heaven to converse with God, before returning to earth.
It is where heaven and earth seem to touch each other; a place of intense communication with God. It is where faith, conviction and hope have been expressed for thousands of years – and it goes on.
‘O God, our help in ages past, our hope for years to come,
be thou our guard while troubles last, and our eternal home.’