In the last 2 days we began our journey in the Holy Land. We started in the most traditional way, with a trip aboard a boat across the Kinneret (Sea of Galilee). Somewhere in the middle of the Sea, we stopped to consider the stories that happened literally all around us, read the story of Jesus walking toward his disciples on the water and invited Jesus aboard with us.
From there we visited the Valley of the Doves between the main road/path between the Sea of Galilee and Nazareth, a way known very well by Jesus and walked many times. We journeyed up the mountain believed to be were Jesus preached his most famous Sermon on the Mount before stopping by Chorazim, St Peter's Primacy and Capernaum. It was in these places that Jesus healed, taught with authority and raised all kinds of people to new life.
Then on Saturday we drove to the Northern boarder with Israel to a town called Metula, it is here that we saw the border of Lebanon/Israel. Then hiking at Dan, Caesarea Philippi/Banias and at Mount Bental (one of the extinct volcanoes of Israel.). We visited the great waterfall at Banias, the great waters of Dan and the Jordan River.
But what is really interesting about each of these sites is that which is the same between them, namely rocks, water and other Spiritual Stuff.
Most of the sites we will see in the next week will be mostly the same. Some have great history attached to them. Others have great tradition. Most are still here because someone is still touching with them.
One more significant difference is that while Jesus visited many of them, he's not there. Not now, not even then or at any time in the 2000 years since his resurrection. "He left and went..." somewhere else, eventually in the story...well you most likely already know.
So what does it all mean? What's the reason for our investment in a Holy Land Trip? What are we going to find in all these places?
Rocks, Water and Other Spiritual Stuff. There are rocks everywhere in Israell and they go back centuries. There is water at most sites because people usually gathered, teravelled,