“‘My Name will be great among the nations, from the rising to the setting of the sun. In every place incense and pure offerings will be brought to My Name, because My Name will be great among the nations,’ says the Lord Almighty.” —Malachi 1:11

Indeed, the Name of the Lord is Great (and Wondrous! Magnificent! Perfect! and so much more!)—in Israel as well as in all nations!

My farewell image from Israel was this beautiful sunset as we departed Jerusalem. It was the only sunset I saw from that city, since we had our convention events each evening. What a blessing as we boarded our bus for Tel Aviv!

The trip home was fairly uneventful; 25 hours from the hotel to disembarking the airplane in Seattle. The last leg home—the shorter one—seemed so much longer than the first leg (10hrs), probably because it was light and everyone was awake (and the inflight movie was a terrible one!). After our ride home from the airport, and picking up my dog at the sitter’s, I promptly collapsed in sleep! I alternated being awake and asleep for the entire day and night (since it’s really daytime where my body thinks it is!) and now I’ve been up since 4am. Anyone have tips on how to re-set a body clock?

Thus ends my travel journal for this odyssey to the Holy Land; I know I will be returning there sometime, I loved it so very much. There is so much more I want to see, to know, to touch, and to experience. As I said earlier, I’ve never felt so “at home” in a land I’d never seen; and now I know it’s a place I’ll be connected to forever.

In coming weeks as my mind processes thoughts, I may post more on this blog about the trip, and the titles of those posts will begin with the word “Shalom,” if you would like to follow along with them. This blog will now likely turn back into a place for recruiting more assistance in making cards for our soldiers, as well as sharing my little creations with all of my artisan friends! Many thanks to all who followed along on this adventure with me!