Later today we will travel to Tabgha, where Jesus fed the 5000, Capharnaum, where Jesus healed the paralytic whose friends lowered him through the ceiling, and we shall sail on the Sea of Galilee. I am remembering Eric Chapman from our trip in November. I miss Eric, he and Tyler enjoyed their trip last year so much. We cried with them as they grieved Elaine and we still cry as we miss Eric. I am praying for Breanna, Tyler, Kay, and Lilliane at the church in Tabgha. Will you join me as we lift them up and all those that weep for loved ones missed.
Today we visited Cesaria, where Paul was imprisoned twice. We saw the ruins of Herod’s palace on the Mediterranean sea. Then we ventured to Megiddo, a city dating back to Canaanite times. There we saw the oldest Canaanite altar found to date in the Holy Land. After walking through a tunnel that Ahab had dug out of solid rock, we then visited Nazareth, the boyhood and young adult home of Jesus. Lastly, we visited Cana of Galilee, where Jesus preformed his first miracle, turning water to wine.
We marvel at the distances that Jesus walked and how rough the terrain is. Our savior did so much for all of us! He healed and taught in many of the villages we rode through today. We see Christian, Moslem, and Jew working side by side in many of these areas. We encounter big smiles and waves of joy. While there are reminders of sadness, the Canaanite altar, there are so many more stories and gestures of joy and peace. Christ does live today. He is alive in His land, but also in our land. Isn’t it great to be alive in Christ!