Shalom from Jerusalem!
Today, Dr. Pierce gave us another hard workout. We started the morning in the Rabbi’s tunnel, walking the length of the Western wall of the temple mount underground. It was fascinating and also put us within the closest proximity to the former holy of holies in the temple. When we walked back through the Arab quarter, a merchant cried out to me, “I will give you a million camels for your daughter.” But Becky decided to pass on the offer.
As we exited to the section often referred to as the wailing wall, we had the opportunity to go to the wall and pray…so you were all prayed for today. In spoken words and in writing, I prayed for you. I was in tears as I poured out my prayer to God today at the Western Wall.
Then we went to the south steps of the temple, we retold the stories of Simeon and Anna, and heard several of the lessons Jesus taught from those steps. I was again blessed to be on this pilgrimage.
After a very hot morning, it was off to lunch. A Kosher restaurant cannot mix meat and dairy (no cheeseburgers here). So we had the dairy lunch with potato pancakes, a cheese and spinach crepe, and a special treat…ice for my Diet Coke! Down the hill to the bus, then on to view the Dead Sea Scrolls. (Thank God for good air-conditioning there). How moving to see the best manuscript we have of the book of Isaiah.
Right next door is the scale model of the city of Jerusalem in Jesus’ day. Fascinating to see the relative size of things. After some time in the heat, a few minutes for a Magnum hazelnut ice-cream bar and back on the bus to visit the Holocaust Museum. What a powerful few hours to relive the horrors. It also made me proud of my dad and Arlie’s step-father, soldiers in WWII who helped free those poor people. Back home to begin to pack up for me, we leave here tomorrow night at 11 for a red-eye journey home. Me…flying…you…praying please. If God wills, we will see you this weekend.
For the Israel tour group,