Blessed Are We

Blessed are you… From Matthew 5:11 Though most of what I experienced in Israel captivated me, I clearly recall my excitement as we neared The Mount of the Beatitudes. Anyone familiar with the gospels likely recalls the words Jesus spoke to the crowds before him that day. Matthew 5:3-10 tells us that Jesus insisted… “Blessed … Continue reading

Welcomed Home

When he was still a long way off, his father caught sight of him, and was filled with compassion. He ran to his son, embraced him and kissed him. Luke 15:20 Every morning while we toured Israel, I checked our itinerary before we set out for the day. This helped me to retrieve what I … Continue reading

Heavenly Hospitality

Be glad and rejoice, for your reward is great in heaven… From Matthew 5:12 Throughout that week in Israel, our guide Yossi provided numerous opportunities for us to mingle with the local people. He did so in Akko by arranging our visit to an authentic Turkish bath. The centuries-old building which housed the facility sported … Continue reading

Rocky Roads and Plush Paths

When we visited Israel a few weeks ago, we visited Megiddo National Park on our first tour day. This place has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site with good reason. It served as a strategic land route and stronghold long before biblical times. As a result, Megiddo’s history includes an ongoing series of battles … Continue reading

Peace Be With You

Blessed are the peacemakers; they shall be called children of God. Matthew 5:9 As I checked my notes from our trip to Israel, I realized I have something more to share regarding our visit to Akko. Every morning and evening, we gathered for meals at our hotel. Lunches were another story. Our guide Yossi arranged … Continue reading

Random Acts of Peace

Be compassionate, as God is compassionate. From Luke 6:36 My words fail me as I attempt to express the life-changing and life-giving nature of our trip to Israel. Every day, the people we encountered and the sites we visited touched me deeply in indescribable ways. Even the seemingly simplest interactions etched unforgettable lessons into my … Continue reading