“From the rising of the sun to the place where it sets, the name of the Lord is to be praised. “–Ps 113:3
“Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart.” —Ps 37:4
While my photos are slowly uploading (very slow connection here!) I thought I’d take a minute to tell you all how grateful I am to God for this trip—He has given me the desire of my heart! I never thought it would happen; I had financial obstacle after another, and just when I started sinking into depression about never being able to save the money for the trip, things turned around. Amazingly. Even my dejection seemed to be God’s way of proving to me that He is mightier than my troubles, because He just pulled meright out of it. He’s even willing to blow down the Puget Sound region in a giant windstorm if that’s what it takes to get me to Israel. (That’s a long story!) I just can hardly believe I’m here.
The evening we spent outside after dinner was so lovely, the weather is balmy and warm, but with a near-continual breeze. Looking out over the Sea of Galilee, and realising those were the same hillsides Jesus looked out onto day after day when He was here, that this was the lake He walked on, this was the lake Peter swam to His Lord cooking fish on the beach. . . it’s almost too much to take in, and I’m only sitting at a modern hotel. I can’t wait until tomorrow; we get to go on that boat ride, and visit Capernaum, and the thing I’ve been looking forward to so much, the Mount of Beatitudes!
“. . . the Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore.” —Ps 121:8
Hallelujah, we’re here! What a wonderful place!
Our flight was again uneventful; about 10 hours worth of travel by air, and we transferred to a bus in Tel Aviv to take us to Tiberias. I sat with a lovely woman and new friend, Christina, and we enjoyed the sights out our window and talked. My photos out our window didn’t turn out all that well but I’m hoping to talk Christina into letting me download her pics since she had a better camera!
We drove along the border of the West Bank; I was surprised that the wall was only for portions of the border, not the whole thing—it separates the most populated areas of Palestinians from the high-population regions of Israel proper. Palestinian communities are notable by two things, one is minnerets at each mosque, the other being architecture—homes are built individually by each family, and structures are up to them, so communities don’t necessarily “match.” (I assume few housing codes or HOAs).
Turning north we aimed toward Tiberias, and the views of the lower Galilee valleys were breathtaking! Some areas were green and planted with all sorts of beautiful patterns of plants, trees, and vines, others were in the midst of harvest so looked dry, but the land here is rich and fertile.
We’re about to go for dinner now, I hope to get back here to post a few more thoughts later. Just wanted to say hello from Tiberias quickly!
Now this was a total treat….through various blessings for our tour group, we each arrived in the security area to an envelope with our name on it. I joked, “Oh, is it spending money??” (thinking, of course, that it was a bus ticket for when we land in Tel Aviv.) But no, what a blessing to find spending money inside!
We’re just about to board . . . so the next post will be from the Holy Land!
Our flight across the U.S. was uneventful; I sat next to a very sweet newlywed couple returning from their honeymoon in Alaska. I got to hear about the wedding day, how they met, all their adventures on their trip, and even hear about their Pre-Cana classes (Roman Catholic pre-marital counseling). It sounds like they have some wonderful mentors for their journey in marriage. Blessings to you, new friends!
Our little group had breakfast together when we arrived, and I decided that stromboli really was not made to host breakfast foods. Live and learn! I also decided that the company paid to carpet the floor at this airport needs to be reminded that carpeting should have padding below it, since passengers on long layovers might like to nap a while. Ah well. If they ever call me for advice, I’ll be certain to pass that on!
My companions are asleep for now, so I think I’ll surf the web a bit and keep occupied . . . only 5.5 more hours til we depart for the long leg of travel—10 hours (ish?) to Israel!
I’ve told many of you about this trip…so here is our itinerary. I am so excited! Check out Eye on Israel for a great online map… Most of the itinerary items below are links to sites about the place, and I can’t wait to have seen these with my own eyes (and camera!)…… Happy surfing!
Sunday, July 15
- 10:35pm – leave Seattle for Tel Aviv via a loooooooong layover in Newark
Tuesday, July 17
- 9:35 Arrive in Tel Aviv!
- Gai Beach Hotel
Wednesday, July 18
- Boat ride on the Sea of Galilee
- Mount of Beatitudes
- Tabgha – St. Peter’s Primacy (where Jesus said Feed My sheep)
- Jesus Boat
- Fish lunch—St Peter’s Fish (a kind of tilapia)
- Baptism at Yardenit, Jordan River
Thursday, July 19
- Mt Precipice (overlooking Nazareth and Jezreel Valley)
- Tel Megiddo (Armageddon)
- Mt Carmel (site where Elijah challenged prophets of Baal)
- Caesarea on the Mediterranean Sea
Friday, July 20, 2007
Saturday, July 21
Sunday, July 22
- Mt. of Olives and Gethsemane
- Palm Sunday Walk
- Zion Gate
- The Upper Room
- Jewish Quarter
- Wailing Wall
- Southern Steps
- Convention Day 1 (evening)
Monday, July 23
- Convention Day 2, morning session
- Yad Vashem (Holocaust Museum)
- Model City
- Shrine of the Book (Dead Sea Scrolls)
- Convention Day 2, evening session
Tuesday, July 24
- Convention Day 3, morning session
- St Anne’s Church
- Pools of Bethesda
- Church of the Holy Sepulchre
- Via Dolorosa
- Antonia Fortress
- Christian Quarter
- Convention Day 3, evening session (Play: The Covenant)
Wednesday, July 25
- Convention Day 4, final morning session
- St Peter Gallicantu
- Garden Tomb, with communion service
- pack up, leave hotel 7:30pm
Thursday, July 26
- arrive at SeaTac 11:03am
“And He took the children in His arms, put His hands on them and blessed them.” —Mark 10:16
These two accordion mini-albums have been in progress for a little bit, but I finally finished them off tonight; they’re for two colleagues whose wives just had babies. I was hoping to get them done before they both returned to the office, but once again, the best laid plans of mice and men…what’s the rest of that quote….?
These albums are each 6 panels, 4.25″ x5.5″ each. Since I finished them this evening, I hope they count for the Caardvarks 5-embellishment challenge!
Oh where to begin….I think the papers are Wild Magnolia from a stack; a few baby stamps from the dollar rack at Michaels; the K in NIKO is actually the leftover bits of the “k” sticker from a sheet that already had the K removed…I recycle everything! Lots of misc ribbon, buttons, stickers and bling. If you want to know something specific, ask and I’ll see if I can figure out where it came from!
“Unless the Lord watches over the city, the watchmen stand guard in vain.” -Ps 127:1
On this Independence Day, I find myself thinking about and praying for those who sacrifice for me. Soldiers, airmen, marines, our heroes who give of themselves for a nation they love. I may disagree with the decisions of our nation’s leaders, but I have the utmost respect for our troops who put their lives on the line for me every day. The least I can do is uphold them in prayer! If you’re interested in praying particularly for the city of Baghdad, the Baghdad Prayer Patrol is a great daily reminder email to sign up for.
The eagle card was created with a stamped eagle and sentiment sent to me by a friend; stars by Inkadinkadoo and Stampendous. Eagle is colored with Tombow brush markers and raised with popdots. Stitching drawn by hand using a Uniball Signo pen.