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The Huldah Gates of Jerusalem

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The Double Gate - the western gates of the Hul...

The Double Gate – the western gates of the Huldah Gates – Wikipedia

My husband and I made a trip to Israel in late February. Haven’t blogged about it yet. Still processing everything we saw and experienced. There’s really no way to encapsulate a trip like that.

The last couple of days I’ve been thinking about the Huldah Gates. The Jewish people went to the temple in Jerusalem 3 times a year entering through the Huldah gates. In the right gate – out the left gate.  Mourners, outcasts, and people getting married purposefully did the opposite. In the left gate – out the right. Going against the flow of traffic was noticeable and people would ask them “How are you doing?” Others would then pray for them, offer condolences, or congratulate them depending on their situation.

Huldah Gates. Hmmm. 

Steps leading up to the temple – Jesus walked on these!
By Lisa@The Warming House

Going through our days hurried and hectic, how often do we stop to ask, “How are you doing?” We rush, rush rush. When we do ask, how often do we get an honest answer? “I’m fine. Everything’s great.” How often are we receptive to listening, recognizing body language, gently digging deeper for truth?

The Bible tells us that life will become increasingly difficult in the end times. It instructs:

“Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another – and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” Hebrews 10:25

We gain strength in community. The local church is a perfect place for “meeting together,” but today people also meet together online. 

The Warming House . . .

I want this to be a place to stop, to pause, to ask – and answer – the important question, “How are you doing?” I want it to be a place where you can share the things that are heavy on your heart so others can encourage you and carry the weight of those burdens to Jesus on your behalf. I want it to be a place where we can celebrate your beautiful life events and victories with you. I want it to be a place for us to express gratitude together for all God does – for who He is. 

“Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn.” Romans 12:15

I’ve been trying to figure out how to do this – but the best I have come up with so far is this:

Leave your prayer requests, joys, and praises on my Facebook page or leave a comment on my blog. I may put together a blog “page” for these comments updating it weekly. If you know of a better way to do this, please share.

Remember the Huldah Gates as you encounter nameless souls in your daily life. Make time to stop, to pause, to ask, to care, to encourage, to pray, to praise, to celebrate.

Warming the World Together . . .

Lisa~

4 Comments

  1. Lori says:

    As you know, Lisa, my father was diagnosed with stage 4 metastatic melanoma right before Christmas. We had a GLORIOUS Christmas together just celebrating life, and being together. But I won’t lie, It’s been a tough road. On Friday we learned the chemo isn’t working the way it should and there are new lesions. One is pushing on the neck/spine and if left, will cause paralysis. He started radiation on Thursday. My father and I have talked many times about what’s going on, and I told him that in a way, this has been a blessing. None of us know how long we are on this earth. I told him we need to see this as a GIFT. A gift on time. Time to talk, sit together, and tell each other all those things that so many people never get the chance to say. This is honestly one of the hardest things I have ever been though. And you more than anyone, Lisa, what we have been through with Aubrey and all of her medical issues and surgeries. This is different though. I always had faith that she would somehow survive and be fine. I know this isn’t the case with my father. Please pray for my father, and also my mother. I’m hoping she can find the strength to continue without her best friend. But yet, what a blessing to say you were married to your best friend for 50 plus years. Thanks you for allowing my to share this.

    • Lori – Thank you so much for sharing this deeply painful place in your heart. I am inspired (and humbled) at your faith and your eternal perspective. I do know what you’ve been through with Audrey, and that tells me plenty about how this challenge is impacting you. I’m so encouraged when I hear how you are cherishing each precious moment. We are praying for you and your family here at the “Huldah Gate.”

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