As many of you know I was nominated and selected to be a part of a pilgrimage to Israel. It is an honor and privilege that I did not expect. I want to publicly thank Scott and Janet McAlpine for being so kind and supportive and for making this possible. Having the chance to walk in Jesus steps and be in the land of the “Book” is so exciting. I will travel with about thirty other pastors on the pilgrimage tour led by Knights Templar.
One of the things that I have been trying to wrap my mind around is the question, how will I take it all in? What will be the most impressive part of this experience. I’d like to hear from you. What would you want to see? What would do you think your experience would be? What impressions do you think you would take away? I want to bring your thoughts and prayers with me. It is the Holy Land for three religious groups of the world; Christians, Jews, and Muslims. How can we better understand one another so that we care for this planet and each other? We are all stewards of this world.
It has been a challenge to try and get ready physically for this trip during the winter weather. It’s been brutal for many. Trips to the Y are not the same as climbing and hiking. Pray that I will be able to be a good pilgrim and that I will stay strong and well for this once in a lifetime kind of experience. I will share pictures and experiences with all of you when I get back and I will share the itinerary in an upcoming post.
“At that time Jerusalem shall be called the throne of the Lord, and all nations shall gather to it, to the presence of the Lord in Jerusalem, and they shall no more stubbornly follow their own evil heart.” Jeremiah 3:17