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I love this stained glass window in my favorite church in Jerusalem’s Old City. Located in Christ Church, the oldest Protestant Church in the Old City, it visually proclaims Romans 11:17, “some of the branches have been broken off, and you, though a wild olive shoot, have been grafted in among the others and now share in the nourishing sap from the olive root…” Under the tree the Hebrew letters describe Romans 11:29-31, “For God’s gifts and his call are irrevocable. Just as you who were at one time disobedient to God have now received mercy as a result of their disobedience, so they too have now become disobedient in order that they too may now receive mercy as a result of God’s mercy on you.”
The first time I looked closely at the stained glass I could clearly see, hidden among the branches, a cross on the left side and a menorah on the right. Delight and wonder filled my heart.