The birds began singing their melodies very early this morning as the sun rose from behind the mountains and shined on the Sea of Galilee. We could tell early on that it would be a very hot day. We enjoyed breakfast together on the outdoor dining area overlooking the sea.
We boarded the bus and made our way to the Mount of Beatitudes. It was beautiful there with the manicured lawns and colorful flowers. Many of us wondered how it looked when Jesus sat there teaching the crowds who gathered to see and hear him. We hiked down the mount to our next
destination. Even walking downhill was exhausting in the heat. We wilted as the temperature exceeded 90 degrees.
Our next stop was the Tabgha/Heptapegon (Church of the Multiplication) commemorating Jesus’ miracle of feeding the multitude with five loaves and two fishes offered by a generous child. Next, on to the Primacy of Peter where we reflected on Jesus’ question to Peter, ‘Do you love me?’ We had the opportunity to wade in the sea and reflect on how we might answer this question after asking for forgiveness and releasing those things that might hinder our response to Christ.
Next, we enjoyed a picnic lunch at Chorazin, a Jewish town first mentioned in first or second century CE before visiting some of its ruins. Our last stop of the day was in Capernaum where we visited the site of Peter’s home. Of course, it had a church built over it! Many of us made our way back toward the bus early because of the heat. We stopped at the concession to purchase the coldest items available. We all appreciated an early arrival to our lodging this afternoon to rest or cool off with a swim before evening prayers.
Please continue to pray for the final days of our journey as we continue to find Christ in this Holy Land.
With Grace, Peace, and Hope,
Darlene Wilkins (for the group)
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