In Memory of Gillian Putnam
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GILL'S FIRST LETTER FROM JERUSALEM- 16.01.14
My Dear Friends,
Just a short note from The Land: first to say a big ‘Thank
you' for all the support and encouragement I have received on this journey - even to the point of text messages right
up to 9 o'clock on Monday morning. I am writing this on Thursday evening in the hope you will be able to read it at the
I spent Tuesday visiting
the Old City again as well as getting my bearings on the area I am staying in and its location in relation to Bat Kol.
All is good, my accommodation is fine,
the office in St Charles Hospice (familiar to me as it's where I stayed in July) is well equipped, a good sized room and
very quiet. Because it is an adapted guest room, it comes with an ensuite!
The weather is lovely - blue sky and sunshine, and much warmer than usual for the time of year. I'm
finding my way around buses, supermarkets, etc. so it shouldn't be long before hopefully I feel like a Jerusalemite!
Tomorrow is eve of Sabbath and I've been invited to a women's study group at Kol HaNeshamah Progressive Reform
Synagogue in the morning, and then to the evening service followed by a Shabbat supper. Everything, other than worship, then
stops in order to spend time with God as He spends time with us as we ‘remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy'
If you are interested
in an almost daily bulletin plus some photos then my Blog is at gillianputnam.blogspot.co.uk
With love and blessings,
So far 2013 has been amazing
in ways I never expected - a time of discovery and self discovery, enabling me to do what seemed impossible but doing it with
you on my heart: God called, we responded!
was not prepared for how the experience affected me. My persistent prayer for a long time has been for peace in the Holy Land.
How strange then that the most precious gift I found in Jerusalem was peace, prayerfulness, spirituality, Yes, there are soldiers
with guns on the streets but for me the air was filled with the essence of God.
It was about praying alongside Jews at the Western Wall and in synagogues, sharing the liturgy to welcome Shabbat, the opening of the synagogue doors to welcome the Sabbath bride, delighting in celebrating
a day of rest with Yahweh as He spends the day of rest with us thus living the words ‘I am my Beloved's and my Beloved
is mine.' It was about the Sabbath morning service, seeing the scroll held with such love, respect and jubilation as it
is carried round the synagogue prior to the chanting of the portion for the day: Rabbi and congregation rejoicing in their
worship; liturgy filled with wonder at relationship with Yahweh - and it wasn't just for Jews, there are Christians who
choose to worship at the synagogues. There is a passion for the Torah and the Prophets, the sacred scripture contained in
the scrolls, as well as a passionate relationship between God and His chosen people.
Alongside, Muslims worship at the Temple Mount, and in many other mosques, praying
five times a day, keeping Ramadan, without food or drink from dawn to dusk in extreme temperatures, whilst still working diligently.
Then the Christians
with shrines, holy sites, churches, and religious communities, all mixed in among the synagogues and mosques, praying, caring,
living faiths, one God. Jerusalem is a city filled with prayer, prayer and more prayer, a place on fire with the
Shekina, soaked with the presence of God, a land where many seek and find the Divine presence. Surely without doubt this is
THE HOLY LAND. Despite the politics, Israel is a place of God's peace. I did not expect what
I found. ..........
thanks to God and all of you for the adventure we have shared so far. Let's wait patiently for what God has planned for
With love and blessings,