Our Stokesdale group poses on the Mount of Olives with
Jerusalem behind us.
Religious pilgrimage has a long, rich history. There is no substitute for breathing the air, walking the landscape, touching the building blocks. Yes, a lot can be learned about Israel from books, pictures, and videos. Similarly a lot can be learned about swimming from books, pictures, and videos. But it's not the same as being in the water.
The Judean desert, seen from the fortress Masada,
with the Dead Sea in the background, right.
Wild mustard plants cover the landscape around the Sea of Galilee,
seen in the background.
Jesus saw all of this. His context informed all aspects of his ministry.
I feel like I'm only starting to get it.