Last day in the Holy land

a day of farewells

we will miss seeing these old stones everyday.

our day began at St Anne’s Church. The home of Mary’s parents. This is an incredible crusader era church and is perfect for singing! Did I mentioned Riley liked this place?

Located nearby is the pools of Bethesda where Jesus healed the man. The porticos are still visible.

we then headed to the birthplace of John the Baptist. We found a cool surprise hiding on a wall.

even lunch provided a few surprises. Hamburgers on the grill were great. Connecting with former guide was a great surprise. And the church was open. We learned the church has been here for a long time built over caves known be a spot where Elijah, Elisha, and Abraham were believed to have stayed during their travels!

one final stop. A communion service at the Garden Tomb. A very meaningful time and a great close to the trip.

we have a long flight ahead of us and then a few more things to share before Christmas.

we are headed home blessed by our time here, but ready to be home.

but mindful that as Riley just said, I’m going miss this place it feels like home.



I am a United Methodist Pastor and have the privilege of serving as the Senior Pastor for the church of my childhood. I preach in a place I once was an acolyte. I love to preach, but more importantly I love to teach. I firmly believe that Faith Matters and should affect how we live. This blog is a place where I come to share the randomness that is life and faith ... and the intersection of the two.

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