14 friends and 2 teachers from school and I am on a pilgrimage in Israel learning about the land’s modern and ancient history and visiting the places. I will try to update with a post every day.
Early morning I left home, walking through the streets of Uppsala in silence. Turkish Airlines bore us away… (great vegan food had been prepared for me, by the way, Thank you!)
Arrived in Israel and went through the airport without incidence. A bus awaited to take us to Tiberias in Galilee.
Signs are in Arabic, Hebrew and English.
Passed by the East Bank on the right – boundrywalls and electric wire.
Nature is diverse – plants reminding of Sweden, Greece, Mauritius and India. Green spaces blooming with a variety of wildflowers remind me of Jesus saying in Luk 12:27:
Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; but I tell you, not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass in the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, how much more will He clothe you? You men of little faith!
Passed a sign to Shekem, where Jacobs well lies and Jesus spoke to he samaritan woman. Can’t visit tough, since it is inside the East Bank.
Approaching Galilean we see Mosques in every village. Apparently relations here are rather good between Palestinians and Jews.
Saw shepherds with their sheep and goats and my first dromedary 🙂 Villages on every other hill in the cupped landscape.
20 times leveled town of Megiddo lies under a few hills on the plain where Armageddon is said to take place in a future time. Too many wars have been fought here already.
A sign directs us to Mount Carmel – O how I wish I could go there! – but no, another time. I think one needs to spend years or atleast months here to visit everything.
Another sign points to Nain – from where came the widow whose son was dead but risen by Jesus in the middle of his funeral parade.
In the distance towers Mount Tabor, where Jesus transfigured in light infront of the disciples. Driving past below, we notice the three chapels built on top – one for Jesus, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.
Yet another directs to Endore, where Saul called on the spirit of the prophet Samuel by witchcraft for counsel. But our destination is another.
The road is steep down to the Sea of Galilee, resting in the valley. No storm today, but am told strong winds are not unusual. Like the ones that the disciples found themselves in the middle of sometimes.
The houses in Tiberias look a little like in India – concrete with A/C’s all over – but are more beige. The road through town down to the lake is 45 degrees or something. Bit scary.
My room in the hotel has a complete glasswall overlooking the lake. Oh, to wake up tomorrow! Perhaps I may see the sun rise…
I am sooo happy to be here at last – in the land our Lord walked!
(the hotel has no wifi – photos are on the way)