The Alliance Church International Cemetery in Jerusalem’s German Colony is home to the recently completed Wall of Life, a mural now gracing its old, once dour walls with beautifully rendered scenes from Genesis to Revelation. Attracting visitors in growing numbers from all over the world, the finished mural is four hundred feet long, the unlikely product of decades of visions, providence, prayer, hard work and, most of all, love.
The unique work’s advent was not uneventful. Even now, after clearing numerous spiritual and physical hurdles to its completion, its survival is threatened. But we’ll begin at the beginning. The complex chain of events that led to the prodigious artistic accomplishment began in the late nineties when its principal creator, artist Patricia Ann Solveson, was a young and seemingly lost soul living in southern Wisconsin with no connection to Israel.
“I had attached myself to New Age philosophy,” Patricia told KNI. “The hippy movement and the counter-culture were so exciting to people my age back then, but these attachments ultimately opened doorways to darkness. I found myself haunted by the idea of committing suicide. One day, feeling as though I’d completely lost control, I cried out to God… ‘Jesus, if you are real, then you need to help me now before it will be too late.’ I didn’t see anything with my eyes as it happened but I felt the presence of a powerful love. I heard the words, ‘Don’t be afraid, I love you.’”
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