So close…

I want to begin with a few simple observations of our first week of travels: Coca Cola is a common language worldwide. Women wait in long lines at public restrooms in every country, not just the United States. Jordan’s national bird should be the fly There is a phrase...

Petra

Today was more of a physical exercise than a spiritual journey. We hiked down into and back up from Petra. If you’ve watched the third Indiana Jones movie – The Last Crusade – then you have seen the wonder of Petra. I took my journal but didn’t write a single word –...

Jordan

While on and around the Sea of Galilee, everything felt, well, “Holy Land-ish,” if you know what I mean. I mentioned a day or two ago that places don’t make something holy; God’s Presence makes a place sacred, holy. Well, this part of our trip is a test to...

October 7…

Well, we didn’t “sail” on the Sea of Galilee but we enjoyed a motored boat crossing. I thought the coolest part was when we stopped the boat out in the middle of the lake and cut off the engines. All we could hear was the gentle lapping of the waves against the boat....

Day Next (lost count already…)

Ed receives coveted “Tourist of the Year” award. Out of a sincere humility, Ed has asked that I keep his identity a secret, so I will honor Mr. Kobel’s request. This guy has achieved so much in his lifetime, and his most recent honor of Tourist of the Year will be...

Day 2

The day begins by trusting. Unable to read Hebrew, I guess at what I’m about to eat by noting similar shapes, colors, and packaging. For example, I went about adding sugar to my morning coffee but the packet wasn’t labeled in English. Since the item was “sugar packet...