On the positive side, we had no schedule for the day – we were free to go wherever our hearts desired. But on the down side, it was our last day in Israel. I knew that I had to soak in ever last sight, sound, and smell that I could. Our little group of six decided the day before that we wanted to go back to the Garden Tomb to pray over each other. And conveniently enough, the Garden Tomb was just a few blocks away. About two blocks before we got to the Garden, we saw a familiar sight and just had to stop for a picture. (more…)
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Stations of the Cross, Church of the Holy Scepter, Hezekaih’s Tunnel, & Ramparts – Israel, September 7
Our journey this day took us through the Stations of the Cross – the Via Dolorosa. We started in the Roman Quarters where the Roman soldiers lived in Jerusalem 2,000 years ago. It was only discovered 100 years ago when a church was built on the site. The original floor level of the courtyard is now underground, and a roof-structure was built so that the church could be built over the site while preserving the Quarters. This is where Jesus was beaten and whipped. In one area of the stones, game boards were scratched in by the soldiers. Grace and I took off our sandals, to put our feet on the very stones where Jesus feet had been. (more…)
Yay for sleeping in! Since we didn’t have to leave the hotel until 11am, Jill and I slept in. We had intended on watching the sunrise over the Dead Sea from our hotel room… but we missed it by about 15 minutes. A bit disappointing, but I got to see pictures of it from others. It was nice, however, to take our time getting ready and repack our suitcases. My suitcase had gotten fairly disorganized by this point, so it was nice to make sure everything was in its proper place and to keep dirty clothes from fraternizing with the clean ones.
By 10:45 most of us had boarded the bus, and we headed back north a little ways to Masada. The word “masad” means “strong foundation.” Masada is a mountain plateau – it is 23 acres on top, and sits 900 feet high with a fabulous view of the Dead Sea. It was here that Herod built another one of his palaces as well as an army fortress. At the bottom we boarded a cable car that took us smoothly to the top. One of the first things I noticed at the top was how windy it was, but this helped the high temperatures feel not quite so hot. (more…)