Friday, June 08, 2007

an experience i won't forget

You like that music don't you. A great song about Jerusalem sung by a Rabbi who is actually a famous rapper/reggae singer in America, reciting from Psalms. We spent a little over a week in Galilee and I won't forget it any time soon. Actually, I will never forget it. Many of you have been there and you remember what I am saying when I say that the sound of the waves crashing, the colors in the sky as the sun sets, the moon reflecting off the lake, the rolling hills. As if all of this isn't enough, then you think about the fact that Christ walked on those waters...he calmed the storm when the tempest was raging, he lived in Capernaum, he taught on the Mount of Beatitudes, He called Peter and Andrew to follow him. All of that happened in that one Magical area. It was so relaxing to have some time to sit on the beach and relax, to have fun, to contemplate, to read, to pray.
I hope to spend more time at Galilee in my lifetime...definately a place I will be taking my wife someday. My testimony of the Savior has been invigorated and my desire to study His words and teachings more in depth has increased greatly.
We stayed at a nice little Kibutz holiday/hotel right there on the beach. Probably the same as where many of you stayed when you came here. We had classes, New Testament, and Archaeology of the Near East at random times and split the rest of the time between great field trips all over the area, and relaxing on the beach.
I think these pictures can tell the story almost as well as words can, so read on down the page about Galilee, and also the trip we went on today to Bethlehem. Crossing into the West Bank was awesome. How many of you know that there is actually a separation wall between Jerusalem and the West Bank? I didn't. I wish those guys could just work out the probs and peacefully co exist. Make sure you go to the picture link at the top of the page too, there are a bunch of new pics on there. Galilee 1 and 2 and then the Bethehem one. Click on slideshow once you are on the page and you'll be able to see the pics full screen with captions that I wrote.
We'll be here in Jerusalem for the next week finishing up classes, and then next week we are taking off for Jordan!! The only downside being I don't have a camera, so I will be bugging a lot of people to use their cameras. I love Jerusalem. I hope you are enjoying Matisyahu (the guy singing). I love you all. Jesus in the Christ. Christmas took on a whole new meaning for me today. I was there... where it all happened.
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Cotter said...

Eli... wow!!! How are you!?! I totally randomly saw a link to your blog and laughed. What a surprise! Anyway, I am glad to see all is well and jealous you are in Jerusalem. I was telling Cameron today that we have to go there someday. We too have a blog... check it out if you have time to kill.


A and J said...

Eli. Your slideshow kills us with the comments. We love the Meditterean, do you? Aja loves the guys doing the ballet pose on the columns. Jonah loves all the beards. Slappy. You're havin an eye for the photographies. Career change comin...postacard photographer.

Steve, Liz and Jaxon said...

hey eli, this is Liz Hammer Evans and I am always excited to see familiar blogs. Jerusalem sounds so cool! I would love to go there. It's fun to hear what you are up to.