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!
Well, our flight was uneventful (PTL) and we actually landed in Israel 45 minutes early. Many thanks to Don and Linda Portratz for giving us a lift!! I am looking out my window at this moment at a full moon over the Sea of Galilee. What a sight!
We will begin at 8 in the morning and start our journey. What a priviledge to be here, in the footsteps of Jesus, with Lillian and Kathy Wysong and Bob and Sandra Story. Mike, our guide, says hello to all our pilgrims from the November trip.
Other than the pushy Europeons trying to muscle Lillian out of the way from dinner, all is well. Check daily for updates and some tid-bits of informaiton. I will be praying for our eintire church here, I brought the new directory, and I will be placing our prayer list in the Western Wall for special prayers.
Have a blessed day in Hartwell!!