The Nails

There they crucified him… From John 19:18 While in the Holy Land, our guide Yossi had surprised us with something he had in his pocket. This surprise was heart-wrenching. Yossi produced an old nail which an artisan friend had cleaned for him. Yossi told us, “This is similar to what the Romans used to nail … Continue reading

Like Us…

As he walked along the Sea of Galilee he watched two brothers, Simon and his brother Andrew, casting a net into the sea. They were fishermen. Matthew 4:18 Today is Friday. Tonight, my husband and I will enjoy a fish fry at our parish church. We’ll join our fellow parishioners and friends for this Lenten … Continue reading

I’m Here…

Caiaphas said to them, “You know nothing, nor do you consider that it is better for you that one man should die instead of the people, so that the whole nation may not perish.” John 11:49-50 Of all of the places I visited in Israel, I found Jerusalem to be the most unsettling. Its present-day … Continue reading

Always Encouraged!

The seeds on good ground are those who hear the word in a spirit of openness, retain it, and bear fruit through perseverance. Luke 8:15 I’m coming to the end of my journal of our trip to Israel. I admit to struggling a bit regarding what to share next. To clear my head, I decided … Continue reading

Only A While Longer?

“My children, I will be with you only a little while longer.” John 13:33 While we were in Israel, I overheard two travelers from another group consoling one another over a friend who was unable to join them for their trip. The person who couldn’t travel with them had been ill and didn’t recover as … Continue reading

Joseph, The Worker

Instead, because of a warning he received in a dream, Joseph took them to the region of Galilee. There he settled in a town called Nazareth. From Matthew 2:22-23 On this Feast of St. Joseph, my thoughts return to one of two references made to Joseph during our visit to Israel. While in Nazareth, we … Continue reading