The Wailing WallNigh pristine still,
these ancient stones arrest the sons of Abraham,
and bid them weep,
for they have lost their calling:
the house they held aloft is swept away
as once its builder’s nation was,
and grief is here enshrined.

Yet cherished for the witness that they bear,
they outlive siege and sacking,
and stay through changing rule;
for what they have to say transcends such passing wounds,
and sings of ceaseless love.

“HaShem’s abode is not in stone” they cry,
“but in His children!”

David Andrews-Brown is an English freelance writer and broadcaster with extensive media experience in The Netherlands, South Africa, and Israel. At the end of 2011 he returned to France following 18 months in Jerusalem as a video journalist, narrator and translator with the Franciscan Media Center (now the Christian Media Center).

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