Create

“Create.”  This single word covers the cover of my new journal.  The thought of creating excites me like a hanging curve ball to Albert Pujols, or a hand of poker to a gambler.  That word – create – is a word that shakes me and stirs me, reminding me of a season in my...

Via Dolorosa

Our trip turns homeward. Or is it that our trip will actually take us away from home? The first words of our tour guide 13 days ago were, “Welcome home!” It took a few days for what he said to sink in, but the more I walked and looked and prayed, the more I realized...

The Garden

We spent time in the Garden of Gethsemane. For us this morning it was a sunny day, and the time flew by. For Jesus, it was a long, dark night. A large grove of olive trees set the scene for the betrayal. It was hours from His ultimate sacrifice. It was the place where...

Inside the walls…

Before we entered the Jerusalem city walls on temple mount, we were given a list of do’s and don’ts… Do not wear jewelry or clothing with any religious symbols Do not bring a “holy book” – in our case, a Bible (Since the 23rd psalm is printed on the cover of my...

Bethlehem

“Happy Birtday!” Today is Craig’s “birtday” – at least that’s how it was spelled on his cake tonight at dinner. A portion of our day today was spent at a shepherd’s well on a hill that faced Bethlehem. We stood and wondered what it may have been like for the shepherds...