In a few minutes I will go downtown to meet the tour group which is coming up from their time in the south of the land. After they check into the hotel and have dinner I will walk them the couple of miles to the gates of the Old City and then we will go directly to the Western Wall. This will be their first time seeing the Wall and it is always best seen after dark for the first time. Before I take them from the hotel, we will read from the prophet Zechariah (8:4-5). For 2,000 years people must have wondered if this prophecy would ever come true. Well, now it has:
“Old men and old women will again sit in the squares of Jerusalem, each man with his staff in his hand because of age. And the streets of the city will be filled with boys and girls playing in its streets.”
As we walk through the city and to the Wall, we will hear the sound of children playing and calling to one another and calling to their fathers: “Abba! Abba!” The old ones will be sitting in every square and on every bench just as this scripture says they will.
Tomorrow I begin leading the group in Jerusalem for 2-1/2 days. Then we leave Jerusalem to head north into the Galilee which is the main area of Jesus’ life and ministry. After a few days there we will go to the coast to say “goodbye” and see them off to the U.S.
I will not be adding more to this blog until the tour is over since I won’t have internet access until then. So, Shalom to everyone for about the next week. Expect a long post when I write again, complete with pictures.
I am feeling great! Thanks for all the prayers. I carry everyone with me in my heart. You know who you are…