Friday, October 19, 2007

Going south from Galilee to Jerusalem

Early in the morning on Friday we drove to a church in Cana of Galilee where Jesus blessed the water into wine and then on to a Greek Orthodox church based on the Annunciation to Mary in Nazareth. It's the site of an ancient well, synagogue, church, mosque and now church again.
We drove in the heat to the plain of Megiddo and the archeological site called Tel Megiddo. Before we got to the tel, our guide took us to the top of a hill called "the Prescipice" where we could see the entire plain of Megiddo south of Nazareth and East of Mt. Tabor. What an area of land over which so much blood has ben shed
Then we toured the Tel Megiddo and the 25 (or was it 26) layers of civilization underneath each rock layer that archeologists have discovered. We walked the 183 steps down into the water tunnel.
Audrey Nelson triumphantly walked all the steps down and up again, making it a triumpant experience.
We ended our driving day on the shores of the Mediterranean at Caesarea, seeing the amphitheater, the palace of Herod and his hippodrome along with the auqueduct along the seashore that kept him and his palace supplied with fresh water.
We drove into Jerusalem on Friday night: Shabbas and our driver dropped us off at one of the gates (I forget now) and we quickly walked to the wailing wall, the women being led by the guide into the women's quarter and I leading the men into the men's section. For many of us it came together here: not as dry and dusty history, but of a vital, passionate faith kept alive over the millenia against great odds. Yet here they were tonight, dressed in their distinctive clothing reading and rocking, chanting and singing to their God, who is ours as well.


At 4:19 PM , Anonymous Lyle said...

Hi Donn,
It is good to see Audrey is still keeping up with the pack.
At Samarkand the Admin remodeling is now scheduled and the Mountain Room will be the temporary office area from Nov 19 to the summer of 08.


At 8:55 PM , Blogger Kirsten said...

Thanks so much for keeping us updated on your adventures! I am living vicariously through all of you! Thanks for the picture of my Gram too..do I not have the most amazing Grandma in the world?! She rocks! Also so glad Jeanne made it...what a drama! Love to all of you and a big hug to my Gram and Jeanne...
LOVE the blog Donn!


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