Monday, May 6, 2013
Testimonies, Sites, War Threats
Waking up this morning, middle of the night, to the chanting, call to prayer, by the Muslim groups here in Jerusalem. Each day has been filled to the brim with visiting sites or approximate areas where the miracles of Jesus took place, or major events in the Gospel. Yesterday we got to drink water from Jacob's well, and the day before we spent time in Bethlehem. We are now in Jerusalem now, and walking the way of the cross is on our calendar. On Friday we return to the States. Other highlights have been our times of prayer and time for reflections as a group. On the bus rides, many of the Pilgrims have shared their personal faith journeys, and these have been so inspiring. Sunday brought the news that Israel attacked Syria at some sites that held weaponry which threatened Israeli's safety. Syria claimed this an Act of War and promised to retaliate. Here we were, in the midst of it all. We thought at first that the airport was closed down and that we would be stuck in the middle of a war. But life here is going on as normal. No one here seemed to even notice.