Israel, continued…

It's been a while since I have braved these pages. Upon returning from Israel, I jumped right back into jobs and seminary and to-dos, and time has raced past without me realizing that it has been far too long since the last post! I am finishing processing the trip on these pages, but this particular day [...]

January 5, 2012 – Dead Sea, Masada, Bedouin Camp

What better way to start off the day than a little float in the Dead Sea??  Perfection! We arrived back in the land flowing with milk and honey late the night prior, not allowing us to experience the indescribable sensation of floating in this unique Sea until this morning - which was probably better.  We [...]

January 3, 2012 – Bet She’an, Mount Nebo

The morning brought with it abundant and life-giving sunshine as well as one of my favorite sites of ancient ruins thus far - Bet She'an. Our group somehow had a stolen hour to ourselves in this fascinating ancient city which lies at the junction of the Valley of Jezreel and the Jordan River Valley. And [...]

January 2, 2012 – Caesarea Philippi, Sea of Galilee, Mount of Beatitudes, Jordan River baptisms

Perhaps it's the fact that a decent night of sleep accompanied me last night for the first time in quite a while, or that coffee is finding its way into my daily life here more often than usual - but this morning brought with it an awakening for me, allowing me to be truly present [...]

January 1, 2012 – Caesarea, Har Megiddo, Nazareth

4:30am lulled me from a surprisingly restful sleep without much grace in allowing me to return to another hour and a half of slumber. But it was nice having a slow-paced morning before our 7:45 start time. And I got to watch my mom ring in the New Year on Fox News!!!! Although I have [...]