I rode along the north part of Jaffa Street up to the bus station and saw my friend Dave along the way, actually its very easy to accidentally see anyone you might know in this city.
I think when Jesus returns here, it won’t be too hard to find him, even without a cellphone. 🙂
I visited the place where the bomb happened a few weeks ago:
Everything seems strangely normal, the man is still running the kiosk selling cigarettes, newspapers and ice cream, people are waiting for the bus, and some chap was using the phone box as well.
In fact nothing really looked any different apart from two wreaths left for the Christian woman who died, one from Israel and one from the UK.
Today, I was working home towards the bus (it was raining and I don’t like to ride my bicycle in the wet) a short distance from work I saw a large crowd of people and some Magon David paramedics dealing with someone on the floor, they were doing resuscitation on this woman, there was a drip rigged up, and I could see a set of electric pads as well. I prayed for this woman here that she would live, and after a while I noticed she was coughing, although the ambulance staff were still having to push her chest hard, I didn’t stick around too much longer, but will check the local news tomorrow.
You can see how fragile life can be from things happening on your street in any place, I must stress that I do feel very safe here, there isn’t a problem with alcoholism I see in Portsmouth, and there are occasional terrorist threats in the UK like the ones that happened on 7/7 on the London tube network in 2005. Police and military are often around here in Jerusalem so security issues are spotted in almost all cases very quickly.