Wednesday, December 30, 2009
First, we took a cable car up to this flat Mesa where Masada is. For anyone that doesn't know, Masada is your typical death camp back in the days of Herod. King Herod built this impenetrable fortress against the Romans. 80 years after Christ's death, a group of religious Jews came to protect themselves against the onslaught of the Roman's. It worked pretty well because NO ONE could get up to the top without being knocked down. But the Romans figured if they used Jewish slaves to build a ramp up to the top, the Jews on top wouldn't kill the slaves. So instead, the up-top Jewish clan drew lots and one by one murdered each other rather than have the Romans get their way. Lovely little story that seems to be every Hebrew child's early-on education.King Herod's Palace Room.
Kimberly, you absolutely would have died. The railings were treacherous and painfully easy for little bodies to slip through the bottoms and down the drop to their death. Definitely not crib safe.
Las but not least, we stopped at the caves where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found:In this cave, scrolls were found that are linked to Moses in the Pearl of Great Price.
and that was our day!
Sunday, December 27, 2009
This is what Sam thought about Jericho.
He perked up, though, when we went to "Banana Land." Also in Jericho.
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
As we began walking into the city, we went through an arched pathway. My father-in-law explained to us that this was the entryway into Bethlehem that Joseph and Mary would have gone through to get into the city. Wow! I was standing right where they had been two thousand years ago. I couldn't believe we were in the same place and words can't express the feeling in my heart as I looked at that archway and thought about a young, probably frightened, young woman about to give birth to her first child - alone, away from the comfort of home and loved ones. Only with her fiancee' to help her through this difficult time. I'm sure Mary came to love, trust and rely on Joseph deeply during this brief and holy period.
Here is Julianne asking for a hamburger.Freshly squeezed OJ! Brandon, is your mouth watering?
After we got through the marketplace, it cleared into a plaza with a church. The church is traditionally standing where the Savior was born.
After this sacred experience, Kent and Gayle took us to a Tent for some authentic Palestinian Dinner. The food was delicious and the ambience was amazing. We literally dined in a tent, over Persian Rugs, with Christmas music! It was fun and we were very spoiled.
OK, friends, its getting late and I have only written about 1/5 about what is on my mind from that day. Mostly, my testimony is growing. My gratitude for the Savior is deepening as I catch a glimpse of the world and customs He grew up in. I am also so grateful for his mother and the man who raised him, Joseph. They are such examples of faith and loving parenthood to me.
Tomorrow night (Christmas Eve) we will spend the evening at Sheperd's Field near Bethlehem singing hymns. Merry Christmas! Thanks for your comments - its fun to be hearing from all of you. And since I am incompetant, will you all please resend me invites to your private blogs? I have tried to get on but my invitation has expired.
Love you, Jill