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On the way to the cross.

A sobering day

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Another early departure, this at 7:15 to arrive at the Garden of Gethsemane before the crowds appeared. And we did arrive in the stillness of the day. We sat in the Garden of Agony, a small place filled with olive trees whose roots are 2000 years old (Below, Jim Lawler looks across the fence at them.)and heard the Scriptural accounts of Jesus’s prayer here where Susan Pinkerton and Bill and Hope Eakins sit). Walking into the Church of All Nations, we prayed at a large rock platform at the altar marking the site where Jesus prayed the night before his death. We drove to Bethphage where the first Palm Sunday procession began. The Crusaders marked this site with a mounting block where Jesus had to climb on his donkey (perhaps encumbered with much armor??). Then to the Dominus Flevit Church where Jesus wept over Jerusalem and his impending death. Finally we continued to St. Peter Galicantu where the cock crowed at Peter’s betrayal of Jesus (I do not know this man.).

We continued to the Mt. of Olives where we began our walk down the hill to Gethsemane. The day brought an overwhelming amaount of emotion to people of faith, hearing of Jesus’s willing accession to his death, seeing where it all happened- for us and for this world.

So when we got on the bus to go to Jericho we were a bit silent, not singing bus songs and sharing photos but watching as the road descended almost a mile in altitude on the road to Jericho. We stopped at the Dead Sea where we frolicked and floated, (See Bette Jane Hardersen, David Charlesworth, Lissie Brooks, and Cindy Lawler below — and a peek at Pam Lamlein). and then we drove to the Qumri’s house where we celebrated with dinner and cocktails in the garden. Iyad Qumri is our marvelously kind and competent land guide, and we are so grateful for his expertise and his generous hospitality. At the Qumri’s, we gave gifts to our prayer partners, rejoiced in new friendships,and returned to St. George’s Filled in body, mind, and spirit

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Posted by HopeEakins 11:16 Archived in Israel

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